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FM Qureshi, Danish counterpart discuss evolving Afghan situation

Danish FM thanks Pakistan for extending support to evacuate citizens. (Source: Tribune)

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received a telephone call from Jeppe Kofod, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and they discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan as well as bilateral relations.

According to a statement issued by Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday, Danish foreign minister reiterated gratitude for Pakistan’s role in facilitating evacuation of their nationals and personnel, noting that their evacuation endeavours were continuing.

To this, FM Qureshi assured that Pakistan would extend all possible help in this regard. He added that, overall, Pakistan had facilitated the transit of more than 12,000 people from 30 countries and international organizations.

Qureshi pointed out that Pakistan was committed to further upgrading bilateral cooperation with Denmark, particularly in trade and economic relations. He also acknowledged Denmark’s support for Pakistan’s GSP+ status.

FM Qureshi added that both countries needed to enhance people-to-people exchanges by taking steps to facilitate genuine travelers. He extended an invitation to the Danish Foreign Minister to visit Pakistan, which he accepted.

This was the third telephone conversation between the two Foreign Ministers in recent weeks. Besides, the Danish Prime Minister spoke with Prime Minister Imran Khan and State Secretary Steen Hommel met with Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood.

Earlier, it was reported that Pakistan has intensified lobbying in European countries against anti-Pakistan elements to neutralise the influence of India regarding the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), rice brand and GSP scheme.

“Our ambassadors in EU countries and Brussels have enhanced their engagements with the host governments,” Pakistan Ambassador to Italy Jauhar Saleem had said while responding to a question regarding the EU parliament’s resolution against Pakistan.