Pakistan, Iran agree to make joint efforts in promoting bilateral ties

"Pakistan gives special importance to its bilateral relations with Kenya. Engage Africa policy is amongst the priorities of our government," FM Qureshi said in regards to Pakistan's bilateral relations with Kenya.

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Islamabad: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to make joint efforts in promoting bilateral relations, enhancing trade, economic and political ties between the two countries.

This understanding was reached during a meeting of Iranian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad today (Tuesday).

The meeting discussed bilateral relations, cooperation in diverse fields and overall evolving situation of Afghanistan.

Appreciating the continued Iranian support to Pakistan’s position on Kashmir issue, the Foreign Minister termed the mutual cooperation on different issue at international forums as welcome sign.

He also urged the international community to take bold steps for financial assistance to Afghanistan to prevent human and economic crises in war-hit country.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the international community to take concrete steps for the provision of humanitarian and economic assistance to the Afghan people. The foreign minister’s resolve came during a telephonic conversation with Kenyan counterpart Raychelle Omamo where he said if the situation deteriorated further in Afghanistan; it would lead to a huge outflow of Afghan refugees besides other consequences.

“Pakistan gives special importance to its bilateral relations with Kenya. Engage Africa policy is amongst the priorities of our government,” FM Qureshi said in regards to Pakistan’s bilateral relations with Kenya.

He further expressed a strong desire to further strengthen relations with Kenya in the areas of economy, trade and defence.

On October 3, it was reported that Afghanistan is facing a breakdown of its economic and social systems that risks turning into a humanitarian catastrophe, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said.

Avoiding the worst-case scenario would require the Taliban to comply with conditions that would enable more international assistance, Josep Borrell wrote in a blog post.

“Afghanistan is experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis and a socio-economic collapse is looming, which would be dangerous for Afghans, the region and international security,” Borrell wrote.

Food prices in the country have jumped more than 50% since the Taliban took power in August as the freezing of $9 billion of Afghanistan’s assets held in foreign central bank reserves and the withdrawal of foreign income stokes inflation.

The Afghan banking system is largely paralysed, with people unable to withdraw money, while the country’s health system – which was heavily dependent on foreign aid – is close to collapse, according to Borrell.

The 27-country EU has increased its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since the Taliban took power, but halted its development assistance – a move also taken by other countries and the World Bank.

Further, ambassador of Ukraine to Pakistan, Markian Chuchuk on Tuesday said that Ukraine prioritized enhancing the trade and economic ties with Pakistan for increasing the bilateral trade and investment opportunities in near future.

Ukraine have friendly ties with Pakistan on diplomatic and economic sphere and “We need to take further steps to promote trade and investment between both sides,”the Ambassador said this in meeting to former Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CEO of D.Watson Group, Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari here.

The Ambassador said that Ukraine has a prominent position in the international market for the production of wheat and sunflower oil and is willing to increase its imports to Pakistan.

He said that the private sector should come forward to promote trade between the two countries and assured all possible cooperation in this regard.

Markian Chuchuk said that he has served as an Ambassador to Thailand for 6 years and has extensive experience in the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) region.

While senior business leader Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari spoke about his company’s introduction as well as his efforts to increase trade volume between Ukraine and Pakistan.

He said that there is a need to explore new avenues for increasing trader and business relations between both sides

He further said that the increase in bilateral trade volume would provide an opportunity for the two countries to come closer on the economic front.

Embassy Secretary Dr. Olena Bordilovska was also present at the meeting.

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