Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister of Asian Affairs Ambassador Ali Suleiman Al-Saeed, concluded his four day visit to Islamabad on 29 January, 2021

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri-MOFA

Visit of Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister of Asian Affairs, to Pakistan (25-29 January, 2021) Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister of Asian Affairs Ambassador Ali Suleiman Al-Saeed, concluded his four day visit to Islamabad on 29 January, 2021. The visit took place in the backdrop of the meeting of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi with his Kuwaiti counterpart on the sidelines of the 47th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey, Niger, in November 2020.
The Assistant Foreign Minister held the Third Round of Bilateral Political Consultations co-chaired by Ambassador Khalid H. Memon, Special Secretary (Middle East) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The political consultations centered on reviewing the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, collaboration on issues of mutual interest at regional and international forums, and possibilities for enhanced collaboration in other fields including food security, agriculture, poultry, livestock, tourism and oil exploration. Discussions were also held on possible Kuwaiti investments in the CPEC-related projects in Pakistan.
In addition to his call on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Kuwaiti Assistant Foreign Minister also met the Minister of Interior, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development (OP&HRD), Chairman Board of Investment (BOI), and Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood hosted a working luncheon for the Kuwaiti delegation.
Pakistan and Kuwait have a long-standing fraternal relationship, marked by warmth between the leadership and abiding ties between the two peoples, rooted in shared faith, culture and traditions. The President of Pakistan visited Kuwait in October 2020 to offer condolences on the sad demise of Late Emir of Kuwait. Earlier, the Foreign Minister had visited Kuwait in May 2019. Pakistan’s brotherly cooperation with Kuwait was further solidified as the two countries cooperated intensively in health sector and food security in the wake of the global pandemic.
Kuwait is an important country of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The leadership of Kuwait played a pivotal role in facilitating the resolution of outstanding differences among the brotherly countries of the GCC through diplomatic means – a role appreciated by Pakistan as well as the wider international community.
Islamabad
29 January 2021

United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution co-sponsored by Pakistan and the Philippines

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

  Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri-MOFA

United Nations General Assembly adopts Pakistan-led resolution on
“Promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue”

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution co-sponsored by Pakistan and the Philippines on the “Promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue” by an overwhelming majority. This resolution is part of Pakistan’s global efforts to promote interfaith harmony, tolerance, respect for each other’s religions and values, and peaceful co-existence.

The resolution welcomes the Kartarpur initiative by Pakistan, referring to it as a “landmark initiative for interreligious and intercultural cooperation for peace”. Due to the efforts of Pakistan’s delegation, the resolution for the first time this year also acknowledges the significance and respect for religious symbols. It stresses that the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities, and must therefore be subjected to legitimate restrictions.

In the wake of growing religious intolerance and racism especially Islamophobia around the world, this resolution is important for mainstreaming these contemporary challenges and taking the necessary steps to curb such trends. The resolution focuses on interreligious and cultural dialogues amongst all stakeholders and advocates combatting intolerance, xenophobia, discrimination and acts of violence. It supports the call of the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations for “mutual respect”. It emphasizes the importance of realization of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, especially the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly called upon the international community to counter Islamophobia and promote respect for religious sensitivities. The adoption of this resolution by the UN General Assembly is part of Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts inter alia for raising awareness about Islamophobia and countering the defamation of sacred religious personalities and symbols.
Islamabad
3 December 2020