FM Qureshi floats the idea of countering terrorism in Egypt

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – February 18, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Expressing satisfaction at the growing bilateral defence ties, Wednesday, the foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan and Egypt could also share their experience in countering terrorism and extremism.

According to press releases, during his ongoing visit to Cairo, the FM called on the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

FM Qureshi briefed the Egyptian president Al-Sisi on the situation in Pakistan’s neighbourhood, in particular Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process, the ongoing human rights’ violations in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and continued denial of the Kashmiri people’s legitimate right to self-determination.

Stressing that Pakistan always supported resolution of differences through dialogue and diplomacy, he appreciated Egypt’s recent efforts in the region.

FM Qureshi conveyed warm greetings of Pakistan’s leadership to the Egyptian president.

He appreciated the stability and progress achieved by Egypt under his able leadership.

FM Qureshi briefed the Egyptian president Al-Sisi on Pakistan’s shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics.

He stressed that the vision of Naya Pakistan was predicated on economic connectivity and ensuring peace within and beyond our borders.

FM Qureshi said Pakistan will always look to be a partner in peace and progress.

Recalling the decades old warm bilateral ties between the two countries, he expressed Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen and diversify bilateral ties.

FM Qureshi said his visit indicated Pakistan’s keenness to reinvigorate traditional bilateral relationship rooted in shared faith, culture and values.

He briefed the Egyptian president on various opportunities to strengthen mutual ties, in bilateral and multilateral arena.

Egyptian president Al-Sisi welcomed the FM and reciprocated the warm feelings of the Pakistani leadership.

He fondly recalled his recent interactions with prime minister (PM) Imran Khan.

Egyptian president Al-Sisi expressed hope that the visit of FM Qureshi will pave the way for enhanced bilateral ties and dynamic multilateral cooperation.

FM Qureshi presented the invitation of president Arif Alvi to the Egyptian president to visit Pakistan. Egyptian president Al-Sisi graciously accepted the invitation and promised to visit at the earliest opportunity.

Separately, FM met with leading Egyptian businessmen and investors at a dinner.

FM Qureshi outlined the government’s focus on economic diplomacy and the steps taken to create a favourable business and investment climate in the country.

He underscored the opportunities existing in diverse areas in Pakistan for Egyptian businessmen and investors, in particular in the energy, construction, pharmaceutical, tourism, informational technology (IT) and logistics sectors.

FM Qureshi stressed that leading multinational companies are consistently showing higher profits in Pakistan, as compared to their global average.

He emphasised the importance of enhanced collaboration between business communities of the two countries.

FM Qureshi accorded priority to the revival of Pakistan-Egypt joint business council (JBC).

The Egyptian businessmen and investors shared their perspectives on various opportunities and suggested ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in trade and investment.

The delegation comprised key Egyptian investors, including El Sewedy Electric, which is keen on investing in Pakistan’s power distribution sector; and the tech-startup Swvl.

Other businessmen included the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FECC) secretary general, foreign trade association (FTA) chairman and Expo link chairman.

El-Sewedy Electric president and chief executive officer (CEO), Ahmed El Sewedy, also called on FM Qureshi separately.

In the meeting, he briefed the FM about the company’s investment strategy and aspirations in Pakistan.

He said a team of experts will soon visit Pakistan to identify priority areas for investment.