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Pakistan, Austrian FMs discuss bilateral relations & Afghanistan situation

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NEW YORK: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

Recalling their telephone conversation of September 2, 2021, the two foreign ministers discussed the situation in Afghanistan as well as bilateral relations between Pakistan and Austria.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi elaborated Pakistan’s perspective on the developments in Afghanistan. He stressed on the need to promote lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan through an active and sustained engagement of the international community on political, economic, and humanitarian fronts.

The foreign minister apprised the Austrian Counterpart regarding his recent interactions on the situation in Afghanistan with Foreign Ministers from various countries. He also highlighted the efforts made by Pakistan to facilitate the evacuation and relocation of diplomats and staff of Embassies and international organizations from Afghanistan.

The foreign minister underscored that Pakistan valued its relationship with Austria and was keen to further expand and consolidate bilateral ties.

Qureshi also invited the Austrian Foreign Minister to visit Pakistan.

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi shared with his Austrian Counterpart Alexander Schallenberg a dossier documenting India’s grave violations of human rights, international humanitarian law and UN Security Council resolutions in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

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