Pakistan contacted several countries on Tuesday to strengthen bilateral ties and multiply cooperation.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held telephonic talks with Netherlands and Kyrgyz Republic counterparts while Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood participated in bilateral political consultations with Turkey.
FM Qureshi received a telephone call from the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Wopke Hoekstra. The two sides expressed satisfaction over the level of bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, particularly in the fields of trade and investment. The Dutch Foreign Minister thanked Pakistan for its support in the evacuation of Dutch staff from Afghanistan and the two countries pledged to work together to strengthen bilateral ties. He also extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Qureshi to come to the Netherlands.
Later, Foreign Minister Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbaev. The two sides reviewed growing bilateral ties, including ways and means to enhance and diversify cooperation in political, trade, investment, education, and cultural fields. About Afghanistan, the two sides agreed to make joint efforts to continue supporting that country through economic and humanitarian assistance.
Pakistan and Turkey held bilateral political consultations at the Foreign Office. The Pakistani side was led by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood while the Turkish delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal.
While welcoming the Turkish official, the foreign secretary noted that the long-standing fraternal relations between Pakistan and Turkey were exemplary, marked by mutual trust, commonality of views, and close cooperation on the whole range of bilateral, regional, and international issues.
The two sides also spoke about the ongoing preparations for the 7th Session of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) and the implementation of the Strategic Economic Framework (SEF) that was signed between the two countries in February 2020.
While talking about the Afghanistan crisis, the foreign secretary emphasized: “The urgent need for scaled-up humanitarian assistance and measures for stabilization of Afghanistan’s economy, adding that release of its frozen assets would provide impetus to long-term sustainable development for the Afghan people.” He also briefed the Turkish side on the continuing grave human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting comes as Pakistan and Turkey are set to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.
In view of close fraternal ties between the two countries, it was agreed to celebrate this important milestone in a befitting manner. The next round of Bilateral Political Consultations will be held in Turkey on dates to be determined through the diplomatic channels.