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FM Qureshi, Egyptian counterpart explore ways to diversify bilateral ties

The two foreign ministers agreed to continue engaging on regional and global issues and working to enhance bilateral ties.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday held a telephonic conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry and discussed ways to further strengthen and diversify bilateral relations and enhance collaboration in multilateral organizations.

They also discussed regional developments and global issues of mutual interest, said a news release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his counterpart on developments in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and underlined the need for the international community to take steps to address the grave situation.

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In this regard, he thanked Egypt for cooperation during the 47th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Niamey, in November 2020.

The two foreign ministers agreed to continue engaging on regional and global issues and working to enhance bilateral ties.

Kashmir and Islamophobia

Ambassador Tarek Dahroug agreed on enhanced interaction between representatives of trade and business community and appreciated the work of the Commercial Counsellor in Pakistan Embassy, Cairo.

Shibli Faraz also highlighted the issue of Kashmir and Islamophobia in the meeting. He emphasized on the cooperation of member states of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on issues relating to Kashmir and rising Islamophobia.

Prime Minister Imran Khan through his speeches and resolutions at the United Nations always raised those issues on international fora, he added.

The ambassador assured the minister of his country’s support on the issues of Kashmir and Islamophobia. He added that no religion or its followers should be ridiculed in the name of freedom of expression.

Egypt planned Air flights between Cairo & Karachi

Egyptian Ambassador to Pakistan Tarek Dahroug last week said his country had a plan to launch the Egypt Air flight between Karachi and Cairo to boost people-to-people contacts between two countries.

The envoy told this to Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz during a meeting here, which focused on enhancing cooperation in the fields of media, culture and tourism, said a news release.

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Welcoming the initiative, the minister said it would contribute tremendously towards enhancing people-to-people contacts between two countries. The move would also facilitate tourists and businessmen to travel from Pakistan to Egypt and vice versa, he added.

APP with additional input by GVS News Desk