FM Qureshi meets Arab League Secretary General in Cairo

CAIRO, Egypt: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday met the Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit at the Headquarters of the Organization in Cairo.

Talking to him, the foreign minister highlighted the importance attached by Pakistan to the member states of the Arab League. He said that with deep bonds of shared faith, culture, and values, Pakistan enjoys strong political, security, trade, and diaspora linkages with all countries of the organization.

Qureshi said that Pakistan’s bilateral cordial relations with Arab Countries should also translate into a closer collaboration with the Arab League.

Recalling the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Pakistan and the Arab League, the foreign minister, and the secretary general discussed ways of reinvigorating the framework to develop tangible cooperation and collaboration. They agreed to remain engaged in this regard.

The foreign minister and the secretary general also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised the secretary general of Pakistan’s efforts towards promoting peace in Afghanistan.

Qureshi also briefed him on the latest developments in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and the continued grave human rights violations by the occupying Indian forces, especially since August 2019.

The foreign minister appreciated the Arab League Secretary General for his skillful diplomacy, enabling the organization to present a unified stance on major issues.

The minister hoped that the Arab League will continue to benefit from his professionalism and experience.