ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had a telephone conversation with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and discussed bilateral relations and developments in the region.
The foreign minister apprised Pompeo of India’s continuing repressive policies in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir along with massive violations of basic human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Qureshi thanked him for the US participation in the debate in the UN Security Council on 5th August 2020 on the completion of one year of India’s unilateral and illegal actions. He said that the Security Council’s deliberations, once again, reaffirmed the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.
He also said that the continued interest and commitment of the international community would help generate the necessary momentum towards resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the relevant UN Security Council security resolutions.
Reviewing the recent developments in Afghanistan, the foreign minister Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast commitment to supporting all efforts for an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement.
He stressed that the Afghan peace process should be pursued and hoped that a conducive environment would be created for the earliest convening of the intra-Afghan negotiations.
Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the foreign minister thanked Secretary Pompeo for the US support and assistance. He also shared encouraging results following the ‘smart lockdown’ policy in Pakistan which helped the government in gradual reopening of the economy.
Qureshi stressed on the importance of the Pakistan-US relationship and stated that the leadership of both countries was committed to further strengthen it. He added that Pakistan would be a partner for peace with the United States.