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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi was warmly received by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, His Excellency Mr. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, in Baghdad today.

The Foreign Minister conveyed sincere and warm greetings from Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Iraqi Prime Minister, and expressed Pakistan’s full support for a secure and prosperous Iraq. Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi reciprocated the gesture and thanked Pakistan for its support.

Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated the resilience of the Iraqi people in facing serious challenges to peace and security. Paying tribute to the sacrifices rendered by Iraqi people in the fight against terrorism, he said the two countries could benefit from sharing experience and expertise in this area. Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed confidence that, with able leadership, unyielding efforts and sincere friends, Iraq will overcome any challenge to emerge stronger and more prosperous in future.

The Foreign Minister stressed that the purpose of his visit was to translate Pakistan’s existing friendly relationship with Iraq into a collaborative and mutually beneficial partnership across diverse fields. In this regard, he briefed the Prime Minister on Pakistan’s focus on building connectivity and economic diplomacy. The Foreign Minister identified areas, such as tourism, manpower export, infrastructure development, investment and food security, in which the two countries could significantly benefit from enhanced cooperation. He also expressed Pakistan’s desire to meet its energy requirements with oil from Iraq. He laid special emphasis on the need to further strengthen people to people linkages, in particular facilitating thousands of Pakistani Zaireen who visit Iraq every year.

Agreeing to the potential of cooperation between the two countries, Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi expressed Iraq’s interest in cooperation in health sector, as well as the possibility of utilizing Pakistan’s health facilities for Iraqi people. He urged the Foreign Ministers of both countries to explore tangible collaboration in this field.

The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of high-level visits between the two countries to build and carry forward the positive momentum in the relationship. He proposed that the two countries should develop an overarching framework of political consultations and bilateral cooperation at the Foreign Ministers level to provide impetus to deepening and strengthening mutually beneficial partnership. The Prime Minister welcomed the idea, in principle.

​Discussing regional and global issues of mutual interest, the Foreign Minister apprised the Prime Minister of the deteriorating situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and stressed the need to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions. He also briefed Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi on Pakistan’s efforts to support peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, in particular the Afghan Peace Process, as well as Pakistan’s principled position on the issue of Palestine.

The Foreign Minister thanked the Prime Minister for accepting the invitation by Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Pakistan. He hoped that the visit will take place at the earliest convenience.

 

Islamabad

29 May 2021

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