NAM ends Saturday, cry of IOK raised

By Monitoring Desk
Sunday – October 27, 2019
BAKU (Azerbaijan): President Arif Alvi, leading Pakistan delegation to the 18th summit of the non-aligned movement (NAM) on October 25-26, 2019, on the sidelines of the summit, Saturday held a meeting with Nepalese prime minister (PM) Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, and briefed him on the illegal Indian actions, in utter disregard of international law, and human rights’ violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

According to an official statement, president Alvi expressed his hope that Nepal will play its role as South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) chair, for strengthening peace and stability in the region.

He appreciated that the arc of bilateral cooperation has been expanding steadily in various fields of mutual interest.

Both leaders affirmed to enhance economic relations between the two countries and expressed their desire to further strengthen the bonds of friendship between Pakistan and Nepal and to further diversify the bilateral relations in diverse fields of mutual interest.

According to official statements, on the sideline of the NAM summit, on Friday, president Alvi met with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and referred to the economic assistance provided by the Government of Pakistan (GoP) in various sectors and reiterated that Pakistan will continue its efforts in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

On the Afghan refugees in Pakistan, president Alvi said that Pakistan has been hosting more than four million Afghan refugees, over the last four decades, and emphasised for their return in a dignified and honourable manner.

The two leaders exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest including peace and security in the region, and cooperation in development and connectivity projects.

President Alvi recalled the historic fraternal ties existing between the two countries and said that Pakistan wished to see a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

The president expressed the hope that bilateral relations will further gain momentum in the coming years.

Separately, on Friday, president Alvi briefed the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on the continuous lockdown and the human rights violations in the IOK.

He thanked the Iranian leadership for its continued commitment and support towards the oppressed people of the IOK.

The president said that Pakistan considers Iran as an important country as both share more than 900 kilometres (km) of common border.

A strong people-to-people contact has further strengthened the bond of friendship between the two countries.

President Alvi said that both the countries need to fully utilise the trade potential to further enhance bilateral economic relations.

Furthermore, on Friday, president Alvi in a meeting with Malaysian prime minister (PM) Dr. Mahathir Mohamad appreciated Malaysian PM’s statement for supporting a just and durable solution of the Kashmir issue through relevant United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) resolutions in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Both leaders expressed the desire to further deepen ties through consistent engagements and by adding substance to them through increased trade and investment.

The president highlighted the dangerous precedent set by India in its illegal and unilateral action in IOK in utter disregard of international law and norms.

He briefed the Malaysian PM about India’s malicious designs to alter the internationally recognised status of the IOK and change the demographic structure of the disputed territory.

Both leaders reiterated their commitment to further expand bilateral relations for mutual benefit.

Earlier on Friday, president Alvi was welcomed at the Baku international airport by Azerbaijani deputy PM Ali Ahmedov and they exchanged views on bilateral relations.

Ahmedov thanked president Alvi for visiting Azerbaijan to attend the summit.

The NAM represents the biggest grouping of countries outside the UN, comprising 120 developing countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

 The Baku summit featured deliberations on the theme of “Upholding the Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the Challenges of Contemporary World”. 

 During the summit, president Alvi shared Pakistan’s perspective on a range of global, regional and other issues of contemporary salience, particularly spotlighting the rights, concerns and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. 

 Pakistan continues to be an active member of NAM and has contributed significantly to the shaping of the movement’s positions on a range of political, legal, economic, social issues and subjects. 

 NAM was established in 1961 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After the UN, it is the largest grouping of states worldwide.