Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held wide-ranging talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Mr. Peter Szijjarto

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Foreign Minister Qureshi holds wild-ranging talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held wide-ranging talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Mr. Peter Szijjarto, today. The talks covered bilateral relations and exchange of views on regional and international issues.


Foreign Minister Szijjarto is visiting Pakistan accompanied by a high-level official delegation as well as 17 businessmen. The Foreign Minister fondly recalled his earlier interaction with Foreign Minister Szijjarto during the inauguration of Hungary-Pakistan Trade and Economic Window (HPTEW).
​The two Foreign Ministers held one-on-one meeting, which was followed by delegation-level talks. The Foreign Ministers reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and explored ways to deepen existing cooperation across diverse areas such as trade, economic, agriculture research, food industry, aviation, energy, water resource management, science & technology, and higher education. It was agreed to work together to forge a strong bilateral economic partnership.
Foreign Minister Qureshi apprised Foreign Minister Szijjarto of Pakistan’s steadfast support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and positive contributions to the Afghan peace process. The Foreign Minister underlined the importance of reduction in violence leading to ceasefire. He also underlined the imperative of responsible withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and continued engagement of the international community to help Afghanistan’s reconstruction and economic development. The Foreign Minister stressed that the Afghan stakeholders must seize this historic opportunity and engage constructively to work out an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution, through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.


Regarding Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), the Foreign Minister highlighted the serious human rights situation. Foreign Minister Qureshi added that the recent reaffirmation of ceasefire understanding on the Line of Control (LoC) was in line with Pakistan’s consistent position on maintaining regional peace and security. The Foreign Minister underscored the importance of peaceful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute, stressing that the onus was on India to create an enabling environment for dialogue. He also mentioned that as a gesture of solidarity with the people of India in the wake of the current wave of Covid-19, Pakistan had offered to provide relief support to India.


​Earlier, the two Foreign Ministers jointly addressed the Pakistan-Hungary Economic Diplomacy event and encouraged business community of both countries to enhance mutual collaboration. Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s economic security paradigm and underlined the shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics. He invited Hungarian companies to take advantage of the business friendly environment in Pakistan.
The two Foreign Ministers witnessed signing of business agreements between Pakistani and Hungarian companies in the fields of dairy, pharmaceuticals and cyber security.
The Hungarian Government has announced an exclusive credit-line of $ 84 million for Hungarian companies to do business with Pakistan. A Loan facility of $ 50 million for projects in fisheries and food processing was announced by the Hungarian government. The two sides will also work towards establishing direct air links.
An MoU on Cooperation within the Framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum Program 2020-22 was signed between the two sides, under which the Hungarian Government will provide 200 scholarships annually to Pakistani students to study in Hungary.
​Pakistan and Hungary enjoy friendly relations and close cooperation at bilateral and multilateral fora. The visit of Foreign Minister Szijjarto will contribute to reinforcing bilateral economic partnership and enhancing mutual understanding on regional and international issues.
Islamabad
30 April 2021

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi hosted a working luncheon for the EU Ambassadors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. This is the second such luncheon hosted by the Foreign Minister

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi hosted a working luncheon for the EU Ambassadors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. This is the second such luncheon hosted by the Foreign Minister which provided an opportunity to both sides to share their perspectives and plans to carry forward the relationship.


The Foreign Minister welcomed the Ambassadors and stated that Pakistan greatly valued its relations with the European Union, which are based on shared values and common objectives of peace, prosperity and development. The Pakistan-EU relationship has strengthened steadily over the years and is pursued through sound institutional mechanisms and dialogue processes. The two sides elevated their relationship by signing the Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP) in June 2019. SEP is a forward-looking and comprehensive framework of cooperation in diverse areas of mutual interest.


The Foreign Minister highlighted that the ‘smart’ lockdown strategy of the government to save lives and secure livelihoods has turned out to be successful and has also led to an increase in economic activity in the country including exports. He stressed that the global community must come together to combat the virus and should realize that nobody is safe till everyone is safe.
Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed satisfaction at the trade and investment relations between Pakistan and the European Union. He also appreciated the continuation of GSP Plus status to Pakistan. The Foreign Minister highlighted the positive outlook of Pakistan’s economy. He added that the growing economic trajectory coupled with extensive natural resources offered huge opportunities for enhanced trade, investment, and tourism.


The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of economic and cultural diplomacy and called for deeper engagement between Pakistan and the European Union in these spheres.
The Foreign Minister also briefed the EU Ambassadors regarding regional situation. He highlighted the grave human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) and underscored the importance of peaceful solution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant  UN resolutions

.The Foreign Minister dilated upon Pakistan’s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process and facilitative role in advancing the cause of peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan, region and beyond.


The EU Ambassadors appreciated the initiative which provided an opportunity for in-depth exchange of views on areas of mutual interest. The importance of closer engagement on Pakistan-EU relations and regional and international issues was underscored.


Islamabad
20 January 2021