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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke with the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Mr.Vladimir Makei, today.
The two Ministers discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in diverse areas.

The two sides also discussed the situation in Ukraine. Reiterating Pakistan’s concerns, the Foreign Minister said that conflict was not in anyone’s interest, particularly developing countries which were hit the hardest economically. The Foreign Minister apprised his Belarusian counterpart of Pakistan’s consistent emphasis on respect for international law and principles of the UN Charter, cessation of hostilities, establishment and maintenance of humanitarian corridors, provision of humanitarian assistance, and continuous efforts for a solution through dialogue and diplomacy.

The Foreign Minister said that in Pakistan’s estimation, Belarus had an important role to press for a diplomatic solution with its interlocutors. In this regard, Foreign Minister expressed the hope that the talks being hosted by Belarus between Russia and Ukraine would yield a productive outcome.

The Foreign Minister apprised the Belarusian Foreign Minister that Pakistan had made assiduous efforts to ensure wellbeing of Pakistani citizens and in their evacuation from Ukraine. In this regard, Pakistan was grateful for the support extended by Ukraine and its neighboring countries as most of the Pakistani community members had been safely evacuated.

The two Ministers agreed to remain in close contact.

15 March 2022

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