Pakistan looks forward to engaging with new US administration: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan desires to engage with the new US administration for enhancement of bilateral relations.

The 78-year-old Joe Biden will take oath as the 46th President of the United States in Washington on Wednesday, replacing Donald Trump.

In a statement on Wednesday, Qureshi said that a new administration is assuming responsibilities in the United States today.

The foreign minister said that the US President-elect Joe Biden has a clear perspective about the South Asian region.

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Qureshi said that both Pakistan and the United States have the conformity of views about Afghanistan and other priorities such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the strategy to deal with the Climate Change issue.

The minister said that the United States had a bipartisan opinion about India but it is welcoming that the new US administration has a clear stance about the protection of human rights.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the world is pointing out gross human rights violations in the Indian illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He expressed hope the new US administration will play a role in getting stopped the Indian oppression against the eight million unarmed Kashmiris.