Bilawal stresses efforts to combat Islamophobia

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Lauds US flood assistance

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday met with High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Moratinos on the sidelines of 77th session of UN General Assembly in New York.

According to the foreign office, Foreign Minister Bilawal held discussion on the work of the UNAOC and avenues for collaboration with Morantinos. Both the leaders also deliberated on strengthening interreligious dialogue, combating Islamophobia as well as intolerance based on religion or belief. They underlined the need for achieving harmony among diverse cultures and societies. The foreign minister emphasized that Islamophobia was a reality that was visible in a number of western countries but its most virulent manifestation was in India. He called upon the UNAOC to step up its efforts to halt and reverse Islamophobia, bigotry and discrimination based on religion and belief.

While encouraging interfaith and intercultural dialogue and exchange of ideas at the local, national and international levels, the High Representative reiterated the readiness of UNAOC to support all efforts that promote continued dialogue and foster mutual respect and understanding, including on ways to combat Islamophobia.

Separately, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also held a meeting with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra and discussed the established framework for cooperation and exchanges characterised by mutual trust and friendship between the two countries.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met with US Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Dilawar Syed in Washington and discussed trade relations on Sunday.

Both the leaders discussed flood situation in Pakistan and also exchanged views on promoting Pak-US trade relations.

On this occasion, Foreign Minister Bilawal appreciated the assistance provided by America to Pakistan flood affectees.

The foreign minister also met with the corporate leaders, prominent business personalities and other segments of the society at Pakistan House in Washington.

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