FM discusses Covid-19 situation, bilateral agenda with Russian counterpart

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Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has discussed coronavirus situation and bilateral agenda with his with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

According to details, in a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart, FM Qureshi has underlined that Pakistan considers Russia an important partner and desires to build a long-term and multi-dimensional partnership with Russia.

The two Foreign Minister discussed matters of mutual interest including the ongoing coronavirus situation, prospects of enhanced bilateral cooperation, and regional issues.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foreign Minister apprised his Russian counterpart of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for developing countries.

He said coordinated and comprehensive actions are essential to create financial space needed by the developing world to deal with the socio-economic impacts of coronavirus pandemic.

The Russian Foreign Minister expressed support for debt relief initiative and assured to play a positive role.

Speaking over the issue of Kashmir, Shah Mahmood Qureshi shared deep concern over the continuing lockdown as well as the intensification of military crackdown by Indian occupation forces and attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory. He underlined the importance of urgent steps to address the grave situation.

The two Foreign Ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan in the context of the recent positive developments.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and underlined Pakistan’s positive contribution to the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement. 

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