Minister for Overseas Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a gathering with EU Excessive Consultant/Vice President Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Discussion board in Turkey, on June 18, 2021. — Photograph courtesy Twitter/@SMQureshiPTI

ANTALYA: Minister for Overseas Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday reiterated Pakistan’s agency dedication in the direction of the GSP Plus preferential commerce regime and efficient implementation of the 27 associated worldwide conventions.

The minister, in a gathering with the EU Excessive Consultant/Vice President Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Discussion board in Turkey, highlighted that the GSP Plus had been a mutually helpful enterprise and performed an necessary function within the progress of commerce between the 2 sides, the Overseas Workplace stated.

Qureshi  additional stated that the Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP) of the European Union had ushered in a brand new period in bilateral ties and offered a strong structure for multidimensional cooperation.

He burdened that Pakistan-EU relations had additional strengthened with the implementation of SEP signed in June 2019.

The 2 leaders mentioned your entire spectrum of Pakistan-EU relations in addition to world and regional scenario, together with the Afghan peace course of and India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The 2 leaders additionally exchanged views on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Appreciating the EU’s help, the overseas minister delineated the steps taken by Pakistan to successfully sort out the scenario.

Qureshi additionally briefed the EU vice chairman on Pakistan’s progress in the direction of the great implementation of the Monetary Motion Job Drive (FATF) Motion Plan and sought the EU’s help within the evaluation course of.

He emphasised that at a time of rising Islamophobia, racism and populism, the worldwide group should present a standard resolve towards xenophobia, intolerance and incitement to violence on the premise of faith or perception.

Afghan peace course of

Within the regional context, Qureshi briefed Borrell on Pakistan’s very important contributions to the Afghan peace course of, and burdened that the battle may solely be settled by way of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political course of.

Either side urged all of the Afghan factions to grab the historic alternative offered by the present peace course of to settle the battle by way of political means.

The overseas minister emphasised the necessity for continued engagement of the worldwide group after the withdrawal of overseas forces from Afghanistan.

The 2 sides agreed to cooperate in facilitating the peace course of, resettlement of Afghan refugees, preserving the socio-political positive aspects of the previous 20 years and supporting Afghanistan post-withdrawal.

Scenario in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir

The overseas minister additionally briefed the EU HR/VP on the continued precarious human rights and safety scenario in occupied Kashmir and the most recent strikes by the Indian authorities to perpetuate its unlawful occupation.

He urged the EU to pay attention to the systemic and gross human rights violations within the occupied territory and play its function for decision of the dispute in accordance with the United Nations Safety Council resolutions and the aspirations of the folks of Jammu and Kashmir.

Borrell additionally shared his considerations on the prevailing scenario in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The 2 leaders agreed to proceed to keep up excessive stage engagement to additional strengthen Pakistan-EU relations.

The EU Excessive Consultant prolonged an invite to Prime Minister Imran Khan for a working go to to Brussels.

The overseas minister reiterated an invite to the Excessive Consultant to go to Pakistan.

Pakistan expresses unwavering help to Palestine trigger

Individually, Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s unwavering help for the Palestinian trigger and underscored the significance of a two-state resolution based mostly on pre-1967 borders beneath the related UNSC resolutions for sustainable peace within the area.

In a gathering with Palestinian Overseas Minister Dr Riyad Al Maliki on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy in Turkey, Qureshi strongly condemned the most recent Israeli strikes towards Gaza after the current ceasefire.

Overseas Minister Maliki briefed Overseas Minister Qureshi on the most recent scenario within the Palestinian occupied territories.

He additionally conveyed deep appreciation on behalf of the Palestinian President and other people of Palestine to the overseas minister for proactively taking over the case of Palestine on the UN Basic Meeting throughout the current Israeli aggression towards Gaza.

Each overseas ministers exchanged views on rising Islamophobia and agreed on the necessity for evolving a joint technique to counter discrimination towards all non secular faiths, significantly towards Muslims.

Overseas Minister Qureshi additionally prolonged an invite to Overseas Minister Maliki to go to Pakistan, which he accepted.

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