Telephone Conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with his Italian counterpart, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, today. The Covid-19 pandemic and a broad range of other subjects were discussed.

Offering deep condolences over loss of precious lives, Prime Minister Imran Khan commended Italy’s efforts to fight the pandemic. He briefed the Italian Prime Minister about the latest situation in Pakistan and steps taken by the Government to contain the spread of the virus. Underlining the imperative of saving lives and livelihoods, the Prime Minister highlighted the salient points of Pakistan’s strategy to deal with the twin challenges of health and socio-economic impacts.

The Prime Minister also apprised the Italian Prime Minister about his “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for developing countries. Underscoring the need for a comprehensive plan of action to create fiscal space and strengthen economies, he appreciated Italy’s support for the initiative. The Prime Minister emphasized that the developed countries could not deal with global economic recession without taking developing countries along. The global challenge required a global and holistic response, he emphasized.

Prime Minister Imran Khan shared deep concern over continuing double lockdown as well as the intensification of military crackdown by Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K). He denounced India’s moves to alter the demographic structure of the occupied territory, calling it a clear violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention. The Prime Minister underlined that the Indian government’s policies were posing serious threat to regional peace and security.

The Prime Minister also highlighted demonization of Muslims in India in the context of Covid-19, underlining that it should be rejected by the international community.

Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister Conte to visit Pakistan, once the Covid-19 situation improves.

The two leaders agreed to remain engaged on all matters of mutual interest.

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