ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephone conversation with his Korean Counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on Friday, and held a discussion focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi commended the South Korean government for its effective response against COVID-19 that had been widely acknowledged by the International Community.
The foreign minister thanked the government of the Republic of Korea for the support extended to the Pakistani Community in South Korea.
Qureshi briefed his South Korean Counterpart on the measures being taken by Pakistan to contain the pathogen.
Highlighting Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for debt relief and restructuring for developing countries, Qureshi stated that timely support would enable them to free up resources to combat the disease, and shore up economies.
The foreign minister also highlighted concerns relating to on-going restrictions in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) which were hampering the dissemination of information and preventing unfettered supply of medicines and other essentials needed to combat the pathogen.
Both sides agreed that the pandemic necessitated closer international cooperation.
The two foreign ministers agreed to stay engaged on COVID-19 and on other matters of mutual interest.