Meeting of the Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum, Turkey, 19 June 2021. Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Meeting of the Foreign Minister with Foreign Minister of Malaysia on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum, Turkey, 19 June 2021
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Mr. Hishammuddin Hussein on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) on 19 June 2021.
The two Foreign Ministers exchanged views on a wide range of issues of mutual interest including bilateral ties covering political, trade and economic matters, as well as cooperation at the United Nations, OIC, ASEAN and other multilateral fora.

Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasized the importance of close cooperation to overcome challenges brought by Covid-19. Both Foreign Ministers discussed best practices in this regard.
While emphasizing Pakistan’s commitment to inter-faith harmony, Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his Malaysian counterpart on Pakistan’s efforts to confront Islamophobia in the world. He underscored the need for formulating a common strategy to counter this menace especially at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations with support of other countries.

The two Foreign Ministers agreed on keeping the positive momentum in the political relations, deepening mutually beneficial trade and economic ties, expanding cultural relations, promoting tourism and people-to-people exchanges. They also agreed to remain engaged on issues of common interest, both bilateral and multilateral.
Islamabad
19 June 2021

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s meeting with the Foreign Minister of Kuwait on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum, 19 June 2021
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with the Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs of Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum on 19 June 2021.
The two Foreign Ministers discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and stressed the need for enhanced collaboration on issues of mutual interest at regional and international fora.
Foreign Minister Qureshi welcomed the ease of visa restrictions for Pakistani nationals by the Government of Kuwait. Building on the positive momentum in the relationship, both Foreign Ministers agreed on developing a five-year strategic plan to further enhance the bilateral relations.
Both Foreign Ministers also discussed how their countries can cooperate with each other in the area of food security and in advancing multilateral cooperation in relevant fora, particularly in the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD).
The Foreign Minister of Kuwait extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Qureshi to visit Kuwait, which was accepted.
Pakistan accords high priority to its fraternal ties with Kuwait, which are firmly rooted in shared values and commonality of interests in multiple areas.
Islamabad
19 June 2021

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Participation of the Foreign Minister in a panel discussion at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, 19 June 2021
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi participated in a high-level panel discussion on ‘Regional Cooperation in Asia’ along with the Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in Antalya Diplomacy Forum on 19 June 2021.
Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the challenges being faced by Asia in form of unresolved disputes, tensions induced from within and without, renewed arms race, containment policies, unilateralism, poverty, COVID-19 and climate change.
The Foreign Minister called for a renewed focus by Asian countries on geo-economics and underlined the three pillars of Pakistan’s policy: regional connectivity, development partnerships, and peace and prosperity.
Highlighting the potential of Asia in the 21st Century, Foreign Minister Qureshi drew attention to the possibilities of cooperation that existed on the continent. He emphasized that connectivity and greater regional integration in form of trade and investment would pave the way for a successful Asian century. In this context, he noted that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative, offered great opportunities for the countries of the region.
Foreign Minister Qureshi stressed the need for promotion of a rules-based global order. In his remarks, he also laid out five steps to promote greater regional cooperation in Asia:
– Focus on sustainable development;
– Focus on poverty alleviation;
– Engagement with the international community and international financial institutions for debt relief for developing countries in Asia in order to provide them with fiscal space to deal with the challenges;
– Arresting illicit financial flows out of Asia gained from proceeds of crime and corruption;
– Tackling climate change.
During the discussion, the Foreign Ministers on the panel called for increased multilateralism to deal with the challenges faced by Asia and agreed on the need for a renewed focus on transit and connectivity projects in the region.
Foreign Minister Qureshi is on an official visit to Turkey to participate in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, where several global political leaders, and diplomats have gathered for discussions on important thematic global issues. The theme of the Forum is ‘Innovative Diplomacy: New Era, New Approaches’.
Islamabad
19 June 2021

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