FM Qureshi telephones Dutch FM Blok

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – June 4, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with the Dutch FM Stephanus Abraham Blok, Wednesday, whereat the matters of mutual interest, including the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, cooperation at multilateral fora and other issues came under discussion.

According to an official statement, FM Qureshi offered condolences on the loss of precious lives in the Netherlands due to the pandemic.

Expressing solidarity with European and Dutch partners, the FM commended the European Union’s (EU) coordinated response to strengthen financial and health sectors of member states in the wake of the crisis.

The two ministers exchanged views about the socio-economic ramifications of the pandemic.

FM Qureshi apprised his Dutch counterpart of prime minister (PM) Imran Khan’s Global Initiative on Debt Relief for developing countries.

He underscored that coordinated and comprehensive actions are essential to create fiscal space needed by the developing world to deal with the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

FM Qureshi shared deep concern over continuing double lockdown in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) as well as the intensification of military crackdown, fake encounters and extra-judicial killings by Indian occupation forces.

The FM also highlighted demonisation of Muslims in India in the context of COVID-19, underlining that it should be rejected by the international community.

He noted the endeavours of European parliamentarians in stressing upon India to end the human rights violations in IOJK and grant the Kashmiri people their right of self-determination.

He underlined that European partners must play their role in addressing the grave situation.

The two foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan in the context of recent positive developments.

FM Qureshi reaffirmed that Pakistan supports Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process aimed at durable peace and security in the country.

He stated that he was looking forward to welcoming the Dutch FM in Islamabad once the COVID-19 pandemic subsided.