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Efforts for Pakistan, FM Qureshi meets top diplomats in Turkey

Pakistan has never seen an active foreign minister like Shah Mehmood Qureshi who is moving across the world to develop strong Pakistani ties with nations.

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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Sunday left Turkey after concluding his successful three-day official visit to the host country.

The foreign minister participated in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) on the invitation of his Turkish counterpart.

At the Istanbul airport, he was seen off by Pakistan ambassador in Turkey Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi and other senior officials.

During his stay in Turkey, the foreign minister held a number of meetings with the foreign ministers of different countries.

On the sidelines of the forum, foreign minister Qureshi held meetings with the European Union high representative, foreign ministers of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Malaysia, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Afghanistan, Turkey, the President-elect of Kosovo Republic and the secretary-general of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). He also met Abdullah Abdullah, chairman Afghan Reconciliation Council and former foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

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During these meetings, the foreign minister discussed the bilateral ties and exchanged views on significant regional and global issues.

Foreign minister Qureshi also 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.

In his address, he 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.

His remarks at the forum were highly appreciated by the participating counterparts.

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The foreign minister also talked to the local and international media on different important regional and global issues and highlighted Pakistan’s view point.

It is expected that foreign minister’s visit to Turkey would prove fruitful for taking the Afghan peace process forward, besides strengthening regional and economic cooperation.

Courtesy: APP