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Kh. Asif To Leave for NY To Attend UN Session Today

Islamabad (September 14, 2017): Foreign Minister Khuwaja Muhammad Asif will leave for New York to attend the 72nd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly today.

According to the details, Khuwaja Asif is scheduled to leave for New York today. He will be attending UN Session along with Pakistani delegation.

According to the sources, he will be staying for almost two weeks in US and would hold meetings with his Russian and Afghan counterparts in the sidelines of UN General Assembly Session.

Sources also told Abb Takk that Khuwaja Asif is most likely to meet with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani there too.Early this week on Monday,  Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif visited Tehran and exchanged views with the Iranian leaders on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and regional security scenario especially in the backdrop of new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

He held separate meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif during his visit.

During the meeting with his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif, Pakistan and Iran agreed to enhance cooperation in establishing peace and security in Afghanistan through regional and multilateral political talks.Khawaja Asif stated that pursuing the policy of peaceful neighbourhood, Pakistan was committed to further strengthen relations with Iran and to work closely for promoting peace, security and development in the region. In this regard, he expressed satisfaction over increasing engagement between Pakistan and Iran while emphasizing the need to focus on promoting trade, economic cooperation and connectivity.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif reaffirmed Iran s commitment to deepening relations with Pakistan in diverse fields including in trade, investment, connectivity as well as border management.

Both Ministers shared deep concern over human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.The two Foreign Ministers also exchanged views about efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan, particularly in the context of latest developments in Afghanistan. They agreed that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and a politically negotiated settlement was imperative for lasting peace in Afghanistan. They underscored that the regional countries have vital stakes in stability in Afghanistan should play a more proactive role in the peace efforts.

The two Ministers also expressed deep concern over the atrocities being committed against Rohingyas and agreed on the need for urgent humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering.Khuwaja Muhammad Asif underscored the need to adopt a specific policy in the region.

During the meeting various regional issues including, bilateral ties in banking, transportation, drug trafficking and condition of Muslims in Myanmar came under discussion.

After visiting Tehran on September 11, Khuwaja Asif quickly moved to Turkey on the very next day and hold talks with Turkish leadership on several crucial issues specially related to Afghanistan and peace in Pakistan.

The foreign minister held a meeting with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. Bilateral ties, current regional and international developments.

The visit was part of Pakistan’s initiative to take regional allies into confidence over new American policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Besides US policy, bilateral relations between Turkey and Pakistan and Afghan issues were discussed during Kh Asif meeting with Turkish leadership.Before his Tehran and Turkey trip, he had also visited Beijing last week and held talks with Chinese Leadership on various bilateral and regional issues.

Last week, Asif delayed his meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington. The Pakistani government also postponed the visit of Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs, to Islamabad.

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