ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday held a telephonic conversation with his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah and discussed coronavirus epidemic situation.
According to a statement issued by Foreign Office, during the conversation Foreign Minister Qureshi lauded effective steps being taken by Oman to limit the spread of the COVID-19.
He briefed the Omani foreign minister about the latest epidemic situation in Pakistan as well as the measures being taken by the government to control the novel COVID-19.
The statement further said the FM Qureshi also expressed gratitude for repatriation of Pakistani nationals from Oman.
“While underscoring importance of PM Imran Khan’s call for Global Initiative for Debt Relief for developing countries, Qureshi reiterated the need for close cooperation to minimize the impact of the economic slowdown and devote more resources to manage the crisis,” the statement read.
FM Qureshi expressed concerns over spread of coronavirus in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir due to continued restrictions on movement and lack of unfettered access to medical and other essential supplies.
He also noted the campaign to demonize Indian Muslims in the context of COVID-19 spread, emphasizing that “it should be rejected by the international community”.
The Omani foreign minister appreciated the efforts of the government of Pakistan in fighting the epidemic and extended his government’s support to PM Imran Khan’s initiative on debt relief. The two foreign ministers agreed to remain engaged.