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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn at the Foreign Office today.The two ministers discussed a wide range of regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest and agreed to enhance cooperation in political, trade and economic, educational and cultural spheres.

The Foreign Minister briefed his Luxembourg counterpart on the current situation in the region, including the Indian aggression against the territorial integrity of Pakistan. He added that it was a gross violation of the international law and Pakistan had responded in self defence. Pakistan did not want any further escalation. The captured Indian pilot was also released as a gesture of peace. He said that Pakistan had offered India to engage in dialogue to address all outstanding issues. Foreign Minister Asselborn appreciated steps taken by Pakistan towards promotion of regional peace and stability.

On bilateral relations, Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the need for broadening the base of institutional cooperation and to enhance trade and economic cooperation. He invited Luxembourg companies to invest in information and communication technology, health and environment sectors. The two sides agreed to explore opportunities of cooperation in green energy and gems and jewelry sectors.

The two ministers expressed satisfaction at the cooperation between the two at the international fora, including at the United Nations and the European Union, and agreed to continue supporting each other.

Foreign Minister Asselborn assured full cooperation of his government for working together with the government to enhance bilateral relations in all areas of mutual benefit.

Mr. Asselborn’s visit from 6-7 March 2019 is the first ever visit by a Foreign Minister of Luxembourg to Pakistan. He will also make a courtesy call to the Prime Minister during his stay in Islamabad.


7 March 2019

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