Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi chaired the 12th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs on 29 April 2020.

Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, former Foreign Secretaries, representatives of various Ministries along with senior officials of the Foreign Office attended the meeting.

The Council discussed the situation arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, and responses and strategies required to successfully surmount the challenges. Political, economic and social implications of the crisis, with particular reference to Pakistan’s foreign policy were discussed.

Foreign Minister Qureshi apprised the Council about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Global Initiative for Debt Relief, the various dimensions of Pakistan’s outreach to the international community in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and efforts underway for early repatriation of Pakistanis abroad.

The Council appreciated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ pro-active approach.

 The Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs meets regularly under the Chairmanship of the Foreign Minister and provides independent experts’ inputs on foreign policy formulation.

 

Islamabad

29 April 2020

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