Pakistan-Kuwait reaffirms commitment in multilateral fora

By Staff Reporter
Friday – March 19, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi in delegation level talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Thursday, reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including cooperation in political, economic, defence, trade and investment sectors, and manpower export, and discussed ways to enhance people-to-people linkages between the two countries.

According to a press release, the Kuwaiti FM / minister of state (MoS) for cabinet affairs (MoS-CA) Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, along-with his delegation, called on FM Qureshi at the foreign office (FO), in the federal capital.

During the meeting, the two foreign ministers reaffirmed their resolve to continue close collaboration in multilateral fora, in particular the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

FM Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s shifting focus to geo-economics with central emphasis on peace, development and connectivity.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong commitment to further strengthen and diversify bilateral cooperation with Kuwait in all fields.

Expressing satisfaction at the recently held bilateral political consultations (January 2021), FM Qureshi reiterated the resolve to work together towards achieving mutually agreed goals.

It was agreed to convene the next (fifth) session of the joint ministerial commission (JMC) at earliest.

The need for facilitating travel between Pakistan and Kuwait to provide impetus to bilateral trade was also emphasised.

In this regard, the two sides resolved to achieve tangible results in the near future.

FM Qureshi briefed his counterpart on the economic potential of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in particular its Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

He invited Kuwait to benefit from the vast and profitable investment opportunities in Pakistan.

Kuwaiti FM Al-Sabah appreciated the positive contribution of more than one hundred thousand expatriate Pakistanis towards the development of Kuwait.

He thanked Pakistan for support and cooperation during the global pandemic, in particular in the health sector and food security of Kuwait.

FM Qureshi assured his Kuwaiti counterpart of Pakistan’s continued cooperation.

The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

FM Qureshi briefed his Kuwaiti counterpart on the situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), in particular the serious human rights’ violations and attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.

He stressed that peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, was indispensable for durable peace and security in South Asia.

FM Qureshi also briefed on Pakistan’s efforts in support of the Afghan peace process and stressed that the Afghan parties must seize this historic opportunity to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

He acknowledged and appreciated the role of the Kuwaiti leadership in promoting regional peace and harmony, in particular the efforts of the Emir of Kuwait that helped in bridging differences among the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for all efforts aimed at enhancing solidarity and unity within the Muslim Ummah.

FM Qureshi congratulated his Kuwaiti counterpart on his reappointment as the Kuwaiti FM.

Kuwaiti FM Al-Sabah is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of FM Qureshi. During the visit, he will call on Pakistan’s leadership and the senior officials accompanying him will meet their respective counterparts in Pakistan.

Upon arrival at the FO, the visiting dignitary was warmly received by the FM.

Kuwaiti FM Al-Sabah planted a sapling at the FO premises upholding a long-standing tradition followed by visiting dignitaries.

Kuwaiti FM Al-Sabah was accompanied by senior officials from the Kuwaiti ministries of foreign affairs, interior, health, and trade and commerce.