FM Qureshi meets Russian, Iranian counterparts in China

Mar 30, 2022: According to a report by APP, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov wherein he expressed the hope that talks between Russia and Ukraine would succeed in finding a diplomatic solution.

FM Qureshi briefed on Pakistan’s principled position on the situation in Ukraine, including efforts to end hostilities, provide humanitarian assistance and resolve the issue through dialogue and diplomacy. In the context of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Moscow and his own telephone conversation earlier this month, the two Foreign Ministers reviewed bilateral relations and discussed the regional situation.

The Foreign Minister also conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to intensify efforts for a diplomatic solution, including the OIC platform.

FM Qureshi is visiting China from March 29 to 31 to attend the third ministerial meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbors. Shah Mehmood Qureshi also met Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Hussain Amir Abdollahian on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting.

Referring to the frequent high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Iran, the Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s desire to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields.

Qureshi also underscored the importance of earliest completion of border markets in the context of enhanced bilateral economic cooperation.

During the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers took a comprehensive look at the bilateral relations and the regional situation. The Foreign Minister also briefed on the unprovoked violation of Pakistan’s airspace by Indian supersonic missiles, stressing that such measures have serious implications and pose a serious threat to regional peace and stability.

On the situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister highlighted that Pakistan and Iran, being neighbors, have been working closely together.

Qureshi expressed the hope that the Joint Economic Commission session would be held at the earliest to boost trade and economic collaboration.

The foreign minister expressed satisfaction on the facilitative movement of trucks under TIR, which would further strengthen economic linkages in the region.

Qureshi appreciated Iran’s steadfast support for the Kashmir cause, especially at the Supreme Leader level.

Foreign minister Dr Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran’s desire to further strengthen fraternal ties in diverse areas of bilateral cooperation. He also extended an invitation to the foreign minister to visit Iran to carry forward the process of expansion of bilateral relations.

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