Pak-Oman exchanges views on COVID-19

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – May 6, 2020
ISLAMABAD: To exchange views on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and its repercussions, foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with FM Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah of the Sultanate of Oman, on Tuesday.

According to an official statement, FM Qureshi appreciated the effective measures being taken by Oman to control the spread of the disease.

The FM briefed his Omani counterpart about the latest situation in Pakistan as well as the steps being taken by the government to cope with the challenge.

He also expressed gratitude for repatriation of Pakistan nationals from Oman.

While underscoring importance of prime minister (PM) Imran Khan’s call for global initiative for debt relief for developing countries, FM Qureshi reiterated the need for close cooperation to mitigate the impact of the economic slowdown and devote more resources to manage the crisis.

The FM also highlighted the impending locust attack in the Middle East and South Asia and emphasised the need for coordinated response to maintain collective food security.

FM Qureshi expressed concerns over spread of COVID-19 in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) due to continued restrictions on movement and lack of unfettered access to medical and other essential supplies.

He also noted the campaign to demonise Indian Muslims in the context of COVID-19 spread, emphasising that it should be rejected by the international community.

The Omani FM lauded the efforts of the government of Pakistan (GoP) in combating the pandemic. He extended his government’s support to PM Khan’s initiative on debt relief.

The two foreign ministers agreed to remain engaged.