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  • FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi tells EU HR/VP Josep Borrell EU’s SEP had supplied a strong structure for multidimensional cooperation.
  • Leaders focus on COVID-19, Afghan peace course of and human rights and safety state of affairs in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Qureshi additionally meets Palestinian FM and expresses Pakistan’s unwavering assist for the Palestinian trigger.

ANTALYA: Minister for International Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday mentioned the Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP) of European Union had ushered in a brand new period in bilateral ties and supplied a strong structure for multidimensional cooperation.

The minister, in a gathering with the EU Excessive Consultant/Vice President Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Discussion board in Turkey, pressured that Pakistan-EU relations had additional strengthened with the implementation of SEP signed in June 2019, the International Workplace mentioned.

The 2 leaders mentioned your complete spectrum of Pakistan-EU relations in addition to world and regional state of affairs, together with the Afghan peace course of and India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Emphasising the significance of bilateral commerce, the international minister highlighted that the GSP Plus had been a mutually helpful enterprise and performed an necessary position within the development of commerce between the 2 sides.

He reiterated Pakistan’s agency dedication in direction of the GSP Plus preferential commerce regime and efficient implementation of the twenty-seven associated worldwide conventions.

The 2 leaders additionally exchanged views on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Appreciating the EU’s assist, the international minister delineated the steps taken by Pakistan to successfully deal with the state of affairs.

Qureshi additionally briefed the EU vp on Pakistan’s progress in direction of the excellent implementation of the Monetary Motion Job Power (FATF) Motion Plan and sought the EU’s assist within the evaluate course of.

He emphasised that at a time of rising Islamophobia, racism and populism, the worldwide neighborhood should present a typical resolve towards xenophobia, intolerance and incitement to violence on the idea of faith or perception.

Afghan peace course of

Within the regional context, Qureshi briefed Borrell on Pakistan’s important contributions to the Afghan peace course of, and pressured that the battle may solely be settled by way of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political course of.

Each side urged all of the Afghan factions to grab the historic alternative introduced by the present peace course of to settle the battle by way of political means.

The international minister emphasised the necessity for continued engagement of the worldwide neighborhood after the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan.

The 2 sides agreed to cooperate in facilitating the peace course of, resettlement of Afghan refugees, preserving the socio-political features of the previous twenty years and supporting Afghanistan post-withdrawal.

State of affairs in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir

The international minister additionally briefed the EU HR/VP on the continued precarious human rights and safety state of affairs in occupied Kashmir and the most recent strikes by the Indian authorities to perpetuate its unlawful occupation.

He urged the EU to pay attention to the systemic and gross human rights violations within the occupied territory and play its position for decision of the dispute in accordance with the United Nations Safety Council resolutions and the aspirations of the individuals of Jammu and Kashmir.

Borrell additionally shared his issues on the prevailing state of affairs in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The 2 leaders agreed to proceed to take care of excessive degree engagement to additional strengthen Pakistan-EU relations.

The EU Excessive Consultant prolonged an invite to Prime Minister Imran Khan for a working go to to Brussels.

The international minister reiterated an invite to the Excessive Consultant to go to Pakistan.

Pakistan expresses unwavering assist to Palestine trigger

Individually, Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s unwavering assist for the Palestinian trigger and underscored the significance of a two-state resolution based mostly on pre-1967 borders underneath the related UNSC resolutions for sustainable peace within the area.

In a gathering with Palestinian International Minister Dr Riyad Al Maliki on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy in Turkey, Qureshi strongly condemned the most recent Israeli strikes towards Gaza after the latest ceasefire.

International Minister Maliki briefed International Minister Qureshi on the most recent state of affairs within the Palestinian occupied territories.

He additionally conveyed deep appreciation on behalf of the Palestinian President and folks of Palestine to the international minister for proactively taking over the case of Palestine on the UN Common Meeting through the latest Israeli aggression towards Gaza.

Each international ministers exchanged views on rising Islamophobia and agreed on the necessity for evolving a joint technique to counter discrimination towards all spiritual faiths, significantly towards Muslims.

International Minister Qureshi additionally prolonged an invite to International Minister Maliki to go to Pakistan, which he accepted.

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