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Qureshi holds wide-ranging talks with Foreign Minister of Denmark

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held wide-ranging talks with the Foreign Minister of Denmark Jeppe Kofod at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Friday.

Recalling their earlier telephone conversations, the two foreign ministers had an extensive exchange of views on the latest developments in Afghanistan as well as on bilateral cooperation.

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s best interest as well as the region.

The foreign minister hoped that the new setup in Afghanistan would make concerted efforts for peace and stability as well as work towards the betterment of all Afghan people.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi emphasized the importance of the international community to remain engaged with Afghanistan and support the Afghan people. He said that there was an urgent need to provide assistance to prevent a humanitarian crisis and to take steps to ensure economic stability.

Qureshi also briefed the Danish foreign minister on his interaction with his Counterparts from the European Countries and said that the views on both sides were largely convergent.

The foreign minister apprised the Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod of his regional outreach on the situation in Afghanistan and to evolve a coordinated approach.

In the context of bilateral relations, Qureshi reaffirmed the resolve to further expand the growing cooperation, particularly in the fields of trade and investment and renewable energy.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi appreciated the ongoing energy cooperation with Denmark.

Both foreign ministers looked forward to the early conclusion of the Green Partnership Framework Agreement between Denmark and Pakistan.

Qureshi also highlighted the importance of high-level exchanges, parliamentary visits, and enhanced people-to-people contacts for furthering bilateral ties.

The Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod reiterated profound gratitude for Pakistan’s facilitative role in the evacuation of their nationals and others from Afghanistan.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan had facilitated the transit of more than 14,000 people from over 30 Countries and international organizations.

Jeppe Kofod extended an invitation to Qureshi to undertake a visit to Denmark which the latter accepted.

Pakistan and Denmark enjoy longstanding friendly relations and diverse bilateral cooperation. A sizeable Pakistani origin community acts as a bridge between the two Countries.

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