Peace in Afghanistan imperative for regional economic prosperity: FM Qureshi

FM reaffirms commitment to diversify ties with Nepali, & Canadian counterparts

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Islamabad- Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday that peace in Afghanistan was inevitable for economic progress in Pakistan and other countries of the region. Talking to Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of US House of Representatives Gregory Meeks through video link, FM Qureshi said that said Pakistan was desirous of peace in the region, including Afghanistan. “Pakistan and the United States have the commonality of views about peace in the region,” the FM said. “Peace is necessary for the promotion of regional linkages.” He said Pakistan has focused on geographical economic priorities.FM Qureshi further apprised the Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives about Pakistan’s concern on the rising trend of Islamophobia in the world. “Pakistan has been raising voice against the growing trend of Islamophobia at different international forums, including the United Nations,” he said.

The diplomat added that the international community would have to take joint steps to prevent Islamophobia and ensure peaceful coexistence. Meeks said Pakistan was an important country in the region and its efforts for peace in the region were commendable. He also expressed condolence over the killing of four members of a Pakistani-origin family in Canada.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi today held a telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister of Canada Mr. Marc Garneau. During the call, matters pertaining to the recent tragic incident of Islamophobia in London, Ontario, and bilateral ties were discussed.

The Foreign Minister stated that the Islamophobic attack was a matter of serious concern and had caused anguish among Muslims worldwide. He appreciated the fact that the Canadian Government, civil society, media, and general public had extended support to the family of the victims in this hour of grief. He particularly lauded a strong condemnatory statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who termed this attack as Islamophobic. He expressed hope that the perpetrator of the crime would be brought to justice.

The Foreign Minister briefed the Canadian Foreign Minister on the efforts undertaken by the Government of Pakistan to raise awareness and to curtail the growing Islamophobic tendencies. He underscored that the international community must show a common resolve against the rising trend of Islamophobia and promote peaceful coexistence and interfaith harmony.

Also, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received the Ambassador of Nepal, Mr. Tapas Adhikari, in his office today. The entire spectrum of bilateral relations was discussed during the meeting. The Foreign Minister reaffirmed the importance of strong relations between the two countries and underscored the need to further enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.

 

Foreign Minister Qureshi conveyed condolences on the loss of lives in Nepal due to Covid-19 and commended the effective measures taken by Nepal to contain the virus. The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan stands with Nepal in its efforts to deal with Covid-19 pandemic and will extend all possible support in this context.

Foreign Minister Qureshi conveyed his felicitations to the Honorable Mr. Raghubir Mahaseth on the assumption of the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister also expressed gratitude for the assistance extended by the Government of Nepal for the smooth evacuation of stranded Pakistani nationals from Nepal on 31 May 2021.

The Ambassador reciprocated the warm sentiments and expressed his desire to work for further deepening the bilateral relations. He also thanked the Government of Pakistan for the Covid-19 related assistance.

The Foreign Minister wished peace and prosperity for the brotherly people of Nepal.

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