Pakistan supports negotiating code of conduct in South China Sea

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – August 7, 2021
ISLAMABAD: On the issue of South China Sea, on Friday, the foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the ongoing negotiations on the code of conduct and underlined that the concerned parties may find solution through consensus.

According to a press release, the FM participated in the 28th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional forum (ARF) held online.

In his video remarks, FM Qureshi called for a concerted international effort to fight the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and to develop a vaccine that is accessible to all as a global public good - Pakistan remains opposed to any politicisation of the issue.

He apprised the forum about the progress made by Pakistan in the field of counter-terrorism.

FM Qureshi urged the ARF members to raise voice against the rise of “Islamophobia” and extremist tendencies in the region and around the globe.

The FM condemned moves by states to alter the demographics of disputed territories under their illegal occupation and stressed the importance of peaceful resolution of disputes according to relevant United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

He underscored that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is central to regional peace.

Highlighting Pakistan’s positive contributions, FM Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

He underlined the importance of an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement through intra-Afghan negotiations.

The FM also announced that Pakistan will be co-hosting the 24th ARF heads of defence universities/colleges/institutions meeting with Malaysia in 2021.

The meeting was chaired by Brunei Darussalam and attended by foreign ministers and senior government officials of the ARF.