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On Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephonic conversation where the two leaders discussed US-Pak bilateral relations, alongside regional peace and security challenges.
A press release issued by the Foreign Office reveals that during his official visit to the United Kingdom, Foreign Minister Qureshi had a conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and briefed him about Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate terror funding and undertake robust economic restructuring in compliance with the FATF action plan.
The statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted, “FM Qureshi briefed Secretary Pompeo about the measures being taken by Pakistan in accordance with the National Action Plan and the initiatives being taken by the government to carry out economic restructuring.”
The Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) as a mechanism for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and to have constructive engagement.
“He also spoke about the steps that Pakistan has been taking for compliance with FATF action plan. In this context, he highlighted the regulatory mechanisms that have been put in place to curb money laundering and terror financing practices.”
Foreign Minister Qureshi and US Secretary of State Pompeo also discussed the Afghan reconciliation process, and expressed Pakistan’s commitment to working towards ensuring a lasting peace across the region.
The statement issued by MoFA noted, “FM Qureshi underscored the importance of a peaceful Afghanistan as vital for regional peace and stability. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm resolve to play its positive role in this process and to support an intra-Afghan dialogue.”
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FM Qureshi also underscored, “The Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) as a mechanism for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and to have constructive engagement.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi underscored Pakistan’s vision of peace prevailing across its neighborhood. MoFA stated, “He also reiterated the priority attached by the government of Pakistan to resolve all outstanding disputes through dialogue and engagement.”
UK-Pak Reaffirm Collaboration
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with the UK Home Secretary Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid at his office in the House of Commons in London today. #Pakistan 🇵🇰 #UnitedKingdom 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/vQqB1dw7nR
— IK (@IKOfficialsPK) June 17, 2019
Earlier yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had a meeting with the UK Home Secretary Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid at the House of Commons, in London. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, and reflected upon the ongoing security collaboration in accordance with the institutional framework of the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue (ESD). Pakistan’s High Commission to UK, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, was also present at the meeting.
The UK Home Secretary stressed that the UK government seeks to be seen as a partner of Pakistan and undertake joint efforts to curb money laundering and organized crime.
A press release issued by the Pakistan High Commission in London noted, “Pakistan and the UK reaffirmed their continuing collaboration between the law enforcement agencies of the two countries at operational level and counter terrorism measures in accordance with the National Action Plan.”
Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed gratitude for the technical assistance and support provided by the UK government. The press release noted, “They agreed to continue their governments’ joint efforts for developing the capacity building of public departments and information sharing as part of their commitment to achieve greater success in the global fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration.”
Foreign Minister Qureshi and UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid reiterated their commitment to curb money laundering practices and ensure that the partnership between Pakistan and the United Kingdom is based upon the values of justice and accountability.
The UK Home Secretary stressed that the UK government seeks to be seen as a partner of Pakistan and undertake joint efforts to curb money laundering and organized crime. The two Ministers reinstated the importance of collaborating to repatriate stolen financial assets abroad, and undertake intensified domestic efforts to bring back the stolen wealth as per the regulations laid out by international legal forums and instruments to curb corruption.
Following his meeting with UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, FM Qureshi tweeted from his official handle, “Pakistan appreciates the technical assistance and support being provided by the UK Govt under the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue.”
Qureshi added, “Such measures will help both countries effectively counter global terrorism, money laundering & illegal migration.”
Pakistan appreciates the technical assistance and support being provided by the UK govt under the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue. Such measures will help both countries effectively counter global terrorism, money laundering & illegal migration. @sajidjavid pic.twitter.com/k8V3Yyww6u
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) June 17, 2019