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Prime Minister Imran Khan met Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, on the sidelines of 74th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York today. The Prime Minister appreciated the swift measures taken by New Zealand in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch in March 2019.

The Prime Minister apprised the New Zealand Prime Minister of the developments since India’s unilateral and illegal action to alter the internationally recognized status of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and change its demographic structure. He highlighted the dire human rights and humanitarian crisis, which has continued unabated. The Prime Minister underscored the urgent need to lift the curfew and other restrictions in place for over 50 days, ensure respect for the rights and freedoms of Kashmiri people, avert risks to peace and security in the region, and facilitate a solution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the UN Security Council resolutions.

Bilaterally, the two Prime Ministers agreed to deepen Pakistan-New Zealand ties in diverse areas and enhance bilateral economic engagement. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that a vibrant Pakistani diaspora was contributing positively to the social and economic fabric of New Zealand society.

24 September 2019

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