PM Imran, Australian counterpart discuss bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison and discussed bilateral matters and international issues of mutual interest.

During the conversation, PM Imran expressed satisfaction at the level of bilateral relations between the two countries. The prime minister stressed that there existed a huge potential for further enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields.

He lauded Australia’s impressive management of the COVID-19 situation and highlighted the unprecedented global health and economic challenges posed by the pandemic.

PM Imran noted that his government’s emphasis had been on saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy.

The “smart lockdown” strategy and other measures taken by the government had led to significant containment of the pandemic in Pakistan, the prime minister added.

He particularly highlighted the adverse economic impact of COVID-19 on the developing countries, for which he had also called for the “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” supported by Australia.

The prime minister said with an improved on-ground situation, cricket between the two sides could also be resumed as the COVID-19 pandemic situation improves.

In the regional context, he highlighted Pakistan’s positive contribution to the Afghan peace process and stressed that peace in Afghanistan was of paramount importance for the region and Pakistan.

The prime minister also highlighted the potential for enhanced trade and increased regional connectivity among the dividends of peace in Afghanistan. He extended an invitation to the Australian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan at an early date.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison shared his country’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. He also noted Pakistan’s positive role in the Afghan peace process. Prime Minister Morrison also invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Australia.

 

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