FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi Arrives in Kabul

FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi Arrives in Kabul

Islamabad (September 15, 2018): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has arrived in Kabul on one-day visit, it is his first foreign trip after holding charge as Foreign Minister of Pakistan.

According to details, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi along with his delegation left for Afghanistan via special flight. It will be his first foreign trip in incumbent position following the invitation of his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani.

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During his one day visit, the Foreign Minister will meet his Afghan counterpart as well as the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the foreign minister’s first visit to Kabul underlines the importance government attaches to work closely with Afghanistan for regional peace and stability.

Successful outcome of the visit will lead future efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation under bilateral frameworks of cooperation including APAPPS, APTTCA, JEC etc, he added.

Shah Mehmood will hold talks with civil and military leadership of Afghanistan during his visit on bilateral issues and security matters of the region.Two-way trade matters along with the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), the issue of closure of the Pakistan Consulate General in Jalalabad due to a security crisis, terrorism, and border management will also be discussed among other matters.

Earlier on Friday, FM Qureshi hold talks with his Turkish counterpart.

“Turkey stands by Pakistan during its tough times,” Qureshi said while addressing a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, at the Foreign Office.

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“Turkey supported Pakistan against Financial Action Task Force (FATF)’s decision to place it on grey list and wants the best solution for the Kashmir issue,” he added.

Further, the Pakistani foreign minister said, “The beauty of the relations between Pakistan and Turkey is that they are not restricted to a government level.”

A meeting of Pakistan and Turkey’s joint working group will be called soon, he shared.Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss the progress on Free Trade Agreement.

He said it has been agreed to revive the process of talks on FTA and take it to logical conclusion at the earliest.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi pointed out that a high level strategic council exists between the two countries which provides mechanism to ensure implementation on the already signed projects.

In his remarks on the occasion, the Turkish Foreign Minister said Pakistan is our second home.Describing talks with Shah Mahmood Qureshi as fruitful, he said we have agreed to further strengthen our relations. He said his country will encourage the Turkish companies to invest in different sectors in Pakistan.

The Turkish Foreign Minister said we also desire to further deepen our defense relations.

He said our defense industries have developed tremendously over a period of time and we have expertise in different areas and we can greatly benefit from each other’s experiences.

The Turkish Foreign Minister said that his country desires resolution of Kashmir dispute through dialogue between Pakistan and India and in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations.The foreign minister said his Turkish counterpart has accepted his invitation to participate in the meeting of Kashmir Contact Group to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. He thanked unambiguous stance of Turkey on Kashmir and its support to Pakistan at other international forums.

Speaking on the occasion, the Turkish foreign minister thanked Qureshi for inviting him to the country and said, “I congratulate Prime Minster Imran Khan for assuming office and will thank him as well.”

“Governments change but real friendships remain,” he added. “We will work towards maintaining this friendship.”

Further, he said, “Qureshi and I discussed several topics of common interest.”

Earlier, both the sides discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations.

Pakistani side was led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while the Turkish side by its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.The two sides discussed ways and means to further promote economic and trade relations.

Both countries have agreed to further bolster their trade, economic, investment and defense relations.

The understanding came during delegation level talks between both the countries in Islamabad today in which Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi represented Pakistani side while the Turkish side by its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

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