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FM Qureshi meets Egyptian President in Cairo

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al Sisi during his ongoing visit to Cairo.

The foreign minister conveyed warm greetings of Pakistani leadership to the Egyptian President and appreciated the progress achieved by Egypt under his leadership.

Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the Egyptian President on Pakistan’s shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics. He stressed that the vision of ‘Naya Pakistan’ was predicated on economic connectivity and ensuring peace within and beyond our borders.

He said Pakistan would always look to be a partner in peace and progress.  Recalling the decades old warm bilateral ties between the two countries, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen and diversify bilateral ties. He said his visit indicated Pakistan’s desire to reinvigorate traditional bilateral relationship rooted in shared faith, culture and values.

He briefed the president on various opportunities to strengthen mutual ties, in bilateral and multilateral arena. Expressing satisfaction at the growing bilateral defense ties, the foreign minister said that the two countries could also share their experience in countering terrorism and extremism.

The foreign minister briefed the Egyptian President about Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process, the ongoing human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and continued denial of the Kashmiri people’s legitimate right to self-determination.

Stressing that Pakistan always supported resolution of differences through dialogue and diplomacy, the foreign minister appreciated Egypt’s recent efforts in the region.

The Egyptian President welcomed the foreign minister and reciprocated the warm feelings of the Pakistani leadership. He fondly recalled his recent interactions with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

President Sisi hoped that the visit of Foreign Minister Qureshi would pave the way for enhanced bilateral ties and dynamic multilateral cooperation.  The foreign minister invited the Egyptian President to visit Pakistan which he graciously accepted.