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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) on 19 June 2021.

Foreign Minister Qureshi congratulated Foreign Minister Zarif on the successful conclusion of Presidential elections in Iran and extended best wishes to government and people of Iran.

The two Foreign Ministers reviewed the entire range of bilateral relations and the evolving regional situation.
The two Foreign Ministers noted the positive trajectory in bilateral relations in various areas in the last few years. Foreign Minister Qureshi recalled the signing of an MOU on border sustenance markets and opening of additional border crossing points, which would further strengthen people to people linkages and improve livelihood in the border regions.

Both Foreign Ministers also exchanged views on the latest status of the Afghan peace process. Highlighting Pakistan’s abiding interest in a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister underscored Pakistan’s consistent efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process. He expressed the hope that the Afghan parties would realize the opportunity and workout an inclusive politically negotiated settlement.

This was the third meeting between the two Foreign Ministers in the past few months. Earlier Foreign Minister Qureshi had paid an official visit to Iran in April 2021.

19 June 2021

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