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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met his Norwegian counterpart Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt in New York today on sidelines of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

The Foreign Ministers reviewed the state of bilateral relations and agreed to continue joint efforts to further strengthen and diversify cooperation particularly in trade, investment, development and other areas. They underlined the importance of early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Noting the presence of prominent Norwegian companies in Pakistan, the Foreign Minister hoped that more companies would benefit from the government’s attractive investment policy.

Both Ministers appreciated the positive contribution of Pakistani diaspora in Norway. The Foreign Minister also underlined the importance of enhancing legal migration opportunities for Pakistanis.

On Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s firm support for sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan and underlined the need for continued engagement of the international community with the Afghan interim authorities to help address the challenges confronting the Afghan people. Norway reiterated its appreciation for Pakistan’s facilitation in the evacuation process from Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari briefed the Norwegian Foreign Minister about the devastation caused by the catastrophic floods in Pakistan and appreciated the support extended by Norway.

Both sides noted the importance of UN and multilateralism. The Foreign Minister underscored the need for peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant UNSC resolutions.

The two Foreign Ministers agreed to keep close contact to advance cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

19 September 2022

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