Vowing cordial diplomatic ties, FM arrives in Baghdad on three-day visit


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Baghad on Friday on a three-day official visit to the country, wherein he will hold consultations with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein.

The two leaders will also discuss bilateral ties with respect to multilateral organisations, in particular, the United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Qureshi will also exchange views on the issues confronting the Muslim world as well as the global and regional issues of mutual interest.

Later, the minister will call on the Iraqi leadership and speak with the ministers there on bilateral matters regarding the areas of cooperation, specifically the management and wellbeing of thousands of Pakistani pilgrims who visit the sacred sites in the country each year.

On March 13, Pakistan announced to dispatch three planes full of Covid-19 relief goods to Iraq on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Making the announcement during a press briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Chaudhri stated that the Covid-19 pandemic was a global challenge, which could only be contained with international solidarity and cooperation.

The government and people of Pakistan stood by their Iraqi brethren in this difficult time, he maintained. Pakistan and Iraq enjoy long-standing fraternal relations based on shared faith, values and culture. The two nations have a shared understanding and similarity of views on several regional and global issues. They continue to collaborate closely to boost bilateral cooperation in various fields. The two countries have multifaceted relationship, marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse fields, the spokesperson maintained.

The visit of Foreign Minister Qureshi comes in the backdrop of a number of Ministerial-level visits from both sides in the past few months, which signify the importance accorded by both countries to augmenting bilateral relationship for mutual benefit. The visit is expected to add further momentum to the positive trajectory of brotherly ties between Pakistan and Iraq.

It is noted that, Pakistan and Iraq enjoy long-standing fraternal ties rooted in shared faith, values and culture. The bilateral relations benefit from shared understanding and similarity of views on a number of regional and global issues. The two countries continue to collaborate closely to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. In addition to growing bilateral political and defense ties, the two countries recently signed an agreement on cooperation between their Foreign Service Academies (April 2021). Thousands of Pakistani Zaireen visit Iraq every year with religious zeal and fervor.


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