FM Qureshi welcomes Iraqi FM Hussein

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – August 12, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated support for territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq, on Wednesday, and acknowledged the successes of Iraq and its people in the fight against terrorism and in particular appreciated the resilience of Iraqi people in their efforts to overcome challenges and rebuild the country.

According to a press release, FM Qureshi received the Iraqi FM Fuad Hussein, at the foreign office (FO) in the federal capital.

The two counterparts had in-depth delegation-level talks, during which they exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as regional and global issues of common interest.

They reaffirmed the long-standing and friendly ties between the two countries, rooted deep in shared faith, common values and cultural affinities; and reaffirmed the desire to further strengthen bilateral relations in all fields.

Recalling his recent visit to Iraq, FM Qureshi underscored the importance of further strengthening the current momentum of high-level exchanges to augment bilateral cooperation.

In order to strengthen institutional efforts to expand mutual collaboration, the two sides agreed on early convening of the 9th session of the Pakistan – Iraq joint ministerial commission.

Matters pertaining to Zaireen visiting Iraq and people-to-people contacts also came under discussion.

While appreciating the measures taken by the Iraqi government for the well-being of Zaireen during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) times, FM Qureshi requested for further facilitation in visas and travel, particularly in the Muharram and Arbaeen period.

Highlighting the shifting focus of Pakistan from geo-politics to geo-economics, he stressed the importance of expanding bilateral trade and economic cooperation through enhanced connectivity and closer business-to-business and people-to-people linkages.

FM Qureshi highlighted the potential in promoting tourism, scientific and educational collaboration, as well as cooperation in food security and oil sectors.

The FM apprised the Iraqi FM about the deteriorating human rights’ situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and underlined Pakistan’s principled position on the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

FM Qureshi also apprised about Pakistan’s perspective for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Emphasising that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, the FM underlined Pakistan’s consistent efforts for the promotion of an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan.

He expressed serious concern over the increase in violence, called upon the Afghan parties to engage constructively for a negotiated political settlement, and reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to continue to fully support all efforts for a political solution.

The FM also exchanged views on the latest developments on the issue of Palestine and reaffirmed Pakistan’s consistent and unstinted support to the Palestinian cause.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on ‘Bilateral Political Consultations’ was signed after the delegation-level talks.

The MoU is about establishing a mechanism for regular consultations on bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

In addition to meeting the Pakistani leadership, the Iraqi FM will also meet key federal ministers to discuss issues relevant to their respective fields.

The Iraqi FM arrived in the federal capital this morning for a two-day visit at the invitation of FM Qureshi.