FM chairs meeting to mull over economic challenges posed by Covid-19, regional stability

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to hold consultations over the economic challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, national security, regional situation and stability.
During the meeting, the foreign minister said the coronavirus pandemic had impacted the powerful economies of world, and as a developing country, Pakistan was also facing the big challenge.

Considering the situation, the country was specially focusing upon its priorities of regional situation and economy, he added.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam, Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, Minister for Energy Hamad Azhar, PM’s Advisor on Finance Shaukat Tarin, Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub, PM’s Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, PM’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, PM’s Special Assistant on National Security Moeed Yousaf, Advisor on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, PM’s Special Assistant on Power Tabish Gohar, Board of Investment Chairman Atif Bukhari, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, and other civil and military high officials, a press release said.

During the meeting, diplomatic efforts for projecting abroad the investment opportunities in the agriculture, information technology and other sectors of Pakistan were also discussed.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said they were also focusing upon economic diplomacy to promote economic cooperation and regional linkages. He said Pakistan would continue its sincere efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the whole region. He also welcomed a joint statement issued at the conclusion of a trilateral meeting held in Turkey over Afghan issue despite the Covid pandemic.

The foreign minister reiterated Pakistan’s consistent stance of stressing upon holding of a comprehensive intra-Afghan dialogue under the Afghan leadership which was acceptable to all Afghans to achieve a durable peace in the worn-torn country.

He also called upon the international community to play its role in ending the gross human rights violations and redeeming the innocent Kashmiris from the unabated aggression and oppression unleashed by the Indian occupation forces in theIIOJK.