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The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Foreign Minister of Niger, Kalla Ankouraou, today. Held in a cordial atmosphere, the discussion ranged issues of mutual concern.

Expressing satisfaction at the close bilateral relations marked by a convergence of view and shared perspectives, the Foreign Minister stressed that Pakistan seeks to further intensify these ties across the entire spectrum. He also thanked Niger for its principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and its valuable contribution as member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

Congratulating the Foreign Minister on assumption of office, the Foreign Minister of Niger stated that his government looks forward to working closely with the new government in Pakistan, to infuse further momentum to our bilateral relations. Reaffirming their abiding commitment to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Foreign Minister Ankouraou added that Niger will continue to lend its strong support to the legitimate cause of the Kashmiri people.

The Ministers agreed that exchange of high level visits will provide a greater strategic momentum to relations between the two countries. To this end, the Foreign Minister extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Ankouraou to visit Pakistan. The Foreign Minister of Niger consented. Dates for the visit will be coordinated through the diplomatic channel.

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