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Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, met with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi on the margins of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Dushanbe today.

During the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers reviewd entire gamut of bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasised regular convening of various institutional mechanisms to tap true potential of bilateral ties. He also highlighted importance of working together on regional connectivity projects which would give a boost to bilateral as well as regional trade. The Foreign Minister also emphasised the need to facilitate trade through harmonising customs procedures.

The Foreign Minister briefed his Kazakh counterpart on Government’s focus from geo-strategic to geo-economic approach which will greatly benefit the region.

The Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan concurred with Foreign Minister Qureshi on the need to convene regularly institutional mechanisms to advance bilateral relations.

The two Foreign Ministers appreciated close cooperation at multilateral fora including SCO and CICA Summit.

Discussing the evolving situation in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the Kazakh Foreign Minister on Pakistan’s perspective and its consistent support to the Afghan peace process. The two Foreign Ministers shared the view that the situation in Afghanistan was critical. It was extremely important to continue support to the Afghan peace process to avoid another cycle of civil war which would impact the region negatively.

Islamabad
13 July 2021

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