Pakistan desires to have broad-based relations with US: FM

The foreign minister lauds Chad’s substantive contributions to regional and international organisations including the UN, AU and OIC


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Pakistan desires to have a broad-based and multidimensional relationship with the United States.

He was talking to Pakistan’s Ambassador-designate to the US Sardar Masood Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The Foreign Minister said the government is focusing on geo-economics for the economic stability of the country.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi stressed that world attention should be drawn towards the investment opportunities available in Pakistan through economic diplomacy. Meanwhile to another official commitment, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday underscored the importance of relations between Pakistan and Chad and the importance accorded to these relations.

The foreign minister spoke with his counterpart from Chad Cherif Mahamat Zene. The conversation focused on deepening historic ties between the two countries and strengthening bilateral cooperation.

The foreign minister lauded Chad’s substantive contributions to regional and international organizations including the UN, AU and OIC.

The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction over existing levels of mutual cooperation and identified new vistas for political, diplomatic, trade and defence collaboration.

Foreign minister Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s ‘Engage Africa’ policy and apprised of the steps taken to reinforce Pakistan-Africa relations.

In this regard, he highlighted the expansion of Pakistan’s diplomatic footprint in the continent and steps for closer trade and investment collaboration.

The two foreign ministers concurred in establishing bilateral mechanisms for regular exchanges between their respective foreign ministries and continued opportunities for the young diplomats from Chad to train at Foreign Service Academy, Islamabad. Adding to this, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said depriving Muslim girls of education in India was a “grave violation” of fundamental human rights and urged the international community to take notice of the situation.

“World must realize that this is part of Indian state plan of ghettoization of Muslims,” he said in response to an incident of India’s Karnataka state where a mob of RRS supporters heckled a hijab-clad Muslim girl.

Qureshi said minorities in India continued to suffer mistreatment, which was a matter of grave concern.

He said India claimed a champion of secularism and democracy, while in fact, the Muslim citizens faced restrictions on their attire.

He said Muslims in India had their own culture and civilization and must stand up for their basic human rights.

He urged the secular minds in India to raise their voice against the mistreatment of the Muslim minority.

Qureshi mentioned that Prime Minister Imran Khan had repeatedly expressed deep concern over the growing trend of Islamophobia the world over.

He said at the 47th meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Niamey, Pakistan not only raised its voice against the growing trend of Islamophobia but also presented a unanimously adopted resolution.

The foreign minister said that the upcoming 48th meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, to be held on March 22-23 in Islamabad, would discuss the Palestine and Kashmir issues, Islamophobia, and other challenges facing the Muslim world.

He said the focus would also be laid on how to effectively use the OIC platform to protect the rights of Muslims.

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