Qureshi briefs Sisi on situation in Afghanistan, IIOJK

Observer Report

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi briefed the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on the situation in Pakistan’s neighbourhood, in particular Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process and the ongoing human rights violations in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

During his visit to Cairo, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and conveyed warm greetings of Pakistan’s leadership to him. He appreciated the stability and progress achieved by Egypt under his leadership.

Qureshi briefed the President on Pakistan’s shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics. He stressed that the vision of “Naya Pakistan” was predicated on economic connectivity and ensuring peace within and beyond our borders. He said Pakistan would always look to be a partner in peace and progress.

Recalling the decades old warm bilateral ties between the two countries, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen and diversify bilateral ties.
He said his visit indicated Pakistan’s keenness to reinvigorate traditional bilateral relationship rooted in shared faith, culture and values.

He briefed the President on various opportunities to strengthen mutual ties, in bilateral and multilateral arena. Expressing satisfaction at the growing bilateral defense ties, the Foreign Minister said that the two countries could also share their experience in countering terrorism and extremism.

The President welcomed the Foreign Minister and reciprocated the warm feelings of the Pakistani leadership. He fondly recalled his recent interactions with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Foreign Minister presented the invitation of President Arif Alvi to the Egyptian President to visit Pakistan. President Sisi accepted the invitation and promised to visit at the earliest opportunity.

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