Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in New York today. The two Foreign Ministers fondly recalled their last meeting in Jeddah last week, during the Prime Minister’s maiden visit to the Kingdom.
The Foreign Minister expressed deep appreciation for the gracious invitation and warm hospitality, extended by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, and Crown Prince His Royal Highness Muhammad Bin Salman, to the Prime Minister and his entourage. The sides expressed satisfaction at the convergence of views between the leadership of the two countries on issues of regional and global importance and agreed to maintain the momentum generated by the visit, to achieve tangible results on mutually agreed areas of cooperation.
The two Foreign Ministers agreed to remain closely engaged to chart out a roadmap for enhancing bilateral trade, business and investment relations. They also agreed to convene the next round of Bilateral Political Consultation between the two Foreign Ministries at an early date, to take their discussion further.
Pakistan tells the UN it is Committed to end the epidemic of Tuberculosis (TB)
At the UN, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s firm commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and said that the Government of Pakistan remained fully committed to the endemic of TB by 2030.
Speaking at the High- Level event on the Fight against Tuberculosis, Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated the efforts and progress made by the World Health Organization. He stressed the importance of fighting the epidemic of Tuberculosis, which still accounts for over four and a half thousand deaths every day. He said that this epidemic was pervasive in lower income and middle-income countries.
“Mostly affecting adults in their most productive years, this disease not only brings personal tragedy to the families but also places a heavy burden on the world’s most poor and vulnerable”, he added.
The Foreign Minister underlined that Pakistan was among the seven countries- most affected by TB. By implementing Multiple Drug Resistant TB strategy, we have yielded positive results with a success rate of 65 percent, which is higher than average global success rate. He vowed that the government is fully committed to root out this epidemic by implementing End TB Strategy.
He concluded by expressing Pakistan’s commitment to earnestly work with members of the international community to prevent unnecessary deaths, lift people out of poverty, and make progress towards other sustainable goals.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with his Omani counterpart in New York.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf Bin Alawi bin Abdullah, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly today, in New York.
The Foreign Minister highlighted the great significance attached by Pakistan to its relations with Oman. He expressed satisfaction at regular interactions between the two Parliaments and other frameworks, which form the basis of a robust relationship between the two countries. Both sides agreed to early holding of the next round of Joint Ministerial Commission. The Foreign Minister especially referred to the 272,000 strong Pakistani community, which serves as the strongest bridge between the two nations. He offered services of our skilled and semi-skilled manpower to meet Oman’s future manpower needs.
Both sides emphasized the need to enhance the existing volume of bilateral trade which is much below the actual potential of the two countries. It was agreed to increase frequent B2B interaction/ people to people contacts/ joint ventures in areas of large-scale manufacturing
Foreign Minister meets High Representative of the European Union in New York
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Federica Mogherini, Vice President and High Representative of the European Union on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the sidelines of 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The two leaders discussed cooperation between Pakistan and the EU and highlighted the positive impact of GSP Plus on trade between Pakistan and the EU. They also agreed to continue to work together for strengthening cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, development, migration and peace and security.
The Foreign Minister also briefed the High Representative on the regional situation. He reiterated that an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process was the only viable option for a lasting peace in Afghanistan. Peace and stability in Afghanistan was in the best interest of all, including Pakistan and the region.
Foreign Minister reiterated the invitation to the High Representative to visit to Pakistan in November this year for the Pakistan-EU Strategic Dialogue. The High Representative said she was looking forward to the visit.
Foreign Minister Meets British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in New York
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt in New York on the side-lines of 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly. Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed satisfaction on current status of bilateral ties and hoped to further enhance cooperation in diverse areas such as trade, investment, development cooperation, investment and education.
Mr. Hunt congratulated Foreign Minister Qureshi on his appointment and conveyed his government’s desire to exchange cooperation with Pakistan in all areas of mutual interest.
The Foreign Minister also briefed his counterpart on relations with Afghanistan and situation of grave human rights violations by Indian security forces in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said peace and stability in Afghanistan was a shared responsibility and Pakistan would continue to support the structured bilateral engagement plan through five working groups of Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) to address all matters of mutual interest.
Secretary Hunt extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit UK.