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Zelensky phones Alvi; seeks Pakistan’s support for resolution on conflict

During the conversation, the president conveyed that Pakistan remained deeply concerned over the conflict in Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday telephoned President Dr Arif Alvi and referring to his ten-point peace formula, sought Pakistan’s support on the draft resolution being tabled in the United Nations General Assembly for ending the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

During the conversation, the president conveyed that Pakistan remained deeply concerned over the conflict in Ukraine.

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He said that Pakistan supported a peaceful solution to the conflict in accordance with the UN Charter.

He said that the contents of the draft resolution were being evaluated by the Government of Pakistan.

The two leaders discussed Pakistan-Ukraine political and economic ties, including energy and food security issues facing the developing world in the wake of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Both sides emphasized the need for enhancing economic and trade relations for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

President Zelenskyy also extended an invitation to the President of Pakistan to visit Ukraine.

President Alvi informed the Ukrainian leader that Pakistan remains deeply concerned at the conflict and supports a peaceful solution in accordance with the UN Charter.

The Pakistani government, he said, was still “evaluating the contents of the draft resolution.

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President Zelensky also extended an invitation to his Pakistani counterpart to visit Ukraine.

According to a Ukrainian statement, Mr Zelensky’s call followed Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba’s meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in Munich last week when Kyiv formally asked Islamabad to back its peace formula.

The statement issued by Mr Alvi’s office said the two leaders discussed the Pakistan-Ukraine political and economic ties, including the energy and food security issues facing the developing world in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“Both sides emphasised the need for enhancing economic and trade relations for the mutual benefit of the two countries,” it added.