Pakistan, Iraq reaffirm long-standing, pleasant ties

Foreign Minister of Iraq Dr Fuad Hussein (L) and Foreign Minister of Pakistan Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi (R). Photos: File.
Foreign Minister of Iraq Dr Fuad Hussein (L) and Foreign Minister of Pakistan Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi (R). Photos: File.

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan and Iraq on Wednesday reaffirmed the long-standing and pleasant ties between the 2 international locations and vowed to additional strengthen cooperation in any respect fronts. 

The choice was taken throughout a gathering between Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the Foreign Minister of Iraq Dr Fuad Hussein on the Foreign Office. The Iraqi overseas minister has arrived in Islamabad this morning for a two-day go to.

A press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated that the 2 ministers had in-depth delegation-level talks, throughout which they exchanged views on bilateral relations in addition to regional and international problems with frequent curiosity.

An MoU on ‘Bilateral Political Consultations’ was signed after the delegation-level talks. The MoU is about establishing a mechanism for normal consultations on bilateral points in addition to regional and worldwide problems with mutual curiosity.

Both sides reaffirmed the long-standing and pleasant ties between the 2 international locations, rooted in shared religion, frequent values, and cultural affinities. They additionally reaffirmed the need to additional strengthen bilateral relations in all fields.

Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s assist for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and acknowledged the successes of Iraq and its individuals within the battle in opposition to terrorism. He, particularly, appreciated the resilience of the Iraqi individuals of their efforts to beat challenges and rebuild the nation.

Recalling his latest go to to Iraq, Qureshi underscored the significance of additional strengthening the present momentum of high-level exchanges to enhance bilateral cooperation. In order to strengthen institutional efforts to increase mutual collaboration, the 2 sides agreed on the early convening of the ninth Session of the Pakistan – Iraq Joint Ministerial Commission.

Matters pertaining to zaireen visiting Iraq and people-to-people contacts additionally got here beneath dialogue. While appreciating the measures taken by the Iraqi authorities for the well-being of Zaireen through the COVID-19 instances, Qureshi requested additional facilitation in visas and travel, significantly through the Muharram and Arbaeen interval.

Highlighting the shifting focus of Pakistan from geo-politics to geo-economics, Qureshi harassed the significance of increasing bilateral commerce and financial cooperation by way of enhanced connectivity and nearer business-to-business and people-to-people linkages. He highlighted the potential in selling tourism, scientific and academic collaboration, in addition to cooperation in meals safety and oil sectors.

FM Qureshi apprised the Iraqi Foreign Minister concerning the deteriorating human rights scenario within the IIOJK and underlined Pakistan’s principled place on the peaceable decision of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute according to the united states resolutions and the desires of the Kashmiri individuals.

Foreign Minister Qureshi additionally apprised about Pakistan’s perspective for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Emphasising that there was no navy answer to the battle in Afghanistan, the overseas minister underlined Pakistan’s constant efforts for the promotion of an inclusive, broad-based and complete political settlement in Afghanistan. He expressed critical concern over the rise in violence, known as upon the Afghan events to interact constructively for a negotiated political settlement, and reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to proceed to totally assist all efforts for a political answer.

The Foreign Minister additionally exchanged views on the newest developments on the problem of Palestine and reaffirmed Pakistan’s constant and unstinted assist to the Palestinian trigger.

In addition to assembly the Pakistani management, the Iraqi Foreign Minister can even meet key Federal Ministers to debate points related to their respective fields.


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