Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
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.
30 April 2021
Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
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.
29 January 2021
Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
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.
3 December 2020