FM Qureshi meets Russian and Iranian colleagues in China

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BEIJING:

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, during which he expressed hope that talks between Russia and Ukraine would lead to a diplomatic solution.

FM Qureshi shared Pakistan’s principled position on the situation in Ukraine, including cessation of hostilities, provision of humanitarian assistance and efforts to find a solution through dialogue and diplomacy.

In the context of talks held during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Moscow and their own phone call earlier this month, the two foreign ministers reviewed bilateral relations and exchanged views on the regional situation.

The foreign minister also conveyed Pakistan’s willingness to step up efforts to reach a diplomatic solution, including through the OIC platform.

FM Qureshi is visiting China to attend the Third Ministerial Meeting of Afghanistan’s Neighbors on March 29-31.

Qureshi also met with Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Hossein Amir Abdollahian together.

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

He also underlined the importance of completing frontier markets as early as possible in the context of enhanced bilateral economic cooperation.

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During the meeting, the two foreign ministers had a comprehensive overview of bilateral relations and the regional situation.

The Foreign Minister also informed about the unprovoked violation of Pakistani airspace by an Indian supersonic missile, stressing that such actions would have serious consequences and pose a serious threat to peace and stability in the region.

Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister emphasized that Pakistan and Iran, as neighbors, had worked closely together.

“Pakistan would continue to play its role in Afghanistan’s political and economic stability, which would ultimately benefit the entire region,” he added.

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Qureshi expressed hope that the meeting of the Joint Economic Commission would be held at the earliest to promote trade and economic cooperation.

The foreign minister expressed his satisfaction with the facilitation of truck movement under TIR, which would further strengthen economic links in the region.

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

Foreign Minister Dr. Abdollahian reiterated Iran’s desire to further strengthen fraternal ties in various areas of bilateral cooperation. He also extended an invitation to the foreign minister to visit Iran to advance the process of expanding bilateral relations.

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