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Pakistan desires to further strengthen its engagement with Portugal: FM

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NEW YORK: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has underscored Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen its engagement with Portugal, especially in economic and trade spheres.

In a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Portugal Augusto Santos Silva held in New York on the margins of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Qureshi expressed satisfaction at the Parliamentary Friendship Groups that have been established in the respective Parliaments and called for the need to fully activate them for enhanced cooperation and people-to-people contacts.

Reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to regional peace, Qureshi stressed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of crucial importance for Pakistan and the region.

The foreign minister emphasized that the international community must engage actively – with positive messaging and constructive steps – and accord urgent priority to the imperative of addressing the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people and preventing economic meltdown.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organizations from Afghanistan.

The foreign minister shared with his Portuguese Counterpart the comprehensive Dossier containing evidence of India’s human rights violations; war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide; false flag operations; and illegal attempts to bring about a demographic change in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions and international humanitarian law.

The two foreign ministers expressed a mutual desire to enhance high-level interactions and contacts between Pakistan and Portugal.

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