- Foreign ministers review the full range of bilateral relations.
- Discussions focus on exploring opportunities to deepen engagement in different sectors of trade and commerce, investment, defence, education, labor, science and technology and Culture.
- President Batet thanks the Shah for Pakistan’s assistance in evacuating people of concern from Afghanistan.
BUCHAREST: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi paid an official visit to Romania from January 9 to 10, 2022, at the invitation of Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu.
During the bilateral talks, the two foreign ministers reviewed the full range of bilateral relations. Discussions were held on exploring opportunities to further deepen engagement in different sectors, including trade and commerce, investment, defence, education, labour, science and technology and culture.
The two countries agreed to hold the next round of bilateral political consultations in Islamabad and to revive the Joint Economic Commission.
Qureshi appreciated Romania’s support for Pakistan within the European Union (EU), especially for GSP+ status.
Exchanging views on regional issues, the Foreign Minister briefed his Romanian counterpart on Pakistan’s efforts for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and the continued human rights abuses in Israeli-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. India (IOJK).
Pakistan and Romania signed two memorandums of understanding during the visit relating to the awarding of scholarships to Pakistani students by the Politehnica University of Bucharest; and Cooperation between the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).
The Foreign Minister also visited Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca and reiterated Pakistan’s will to build a broad and substantial relationship with Romania.
He thanked the Romanian government for announcing the donation of 500,000 doses of the COVID vaccine to Pakistan.
Prime Minister Ciuca appreciated Pakistan’s facilitation in the evacuation of Romanian nationals from Afghanistan.
During the meeting with the Romanian Minister of Economy, both sides appreciated the increase in bilateral trade despite COVID and discussed ways to further strengthen economic ties.
Aurescu took to his official Twitter account and wrote, “Glad to welcome FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi today for in-depth policy consultations, including following up on valuable recent contacts. We discussed prospects and concrete ways to advance our political dialogue, economic ties, sectoral cooperation and interpersonal relations.
Earlier, Qureshi inaugurated the “Pakistan Cultural & Trade Exhibition Center” at the Pakistan Embassy in Bucharest. The Center will serve as a venue for a permanent exhibition of Pakistani export items and for holding cultural events aimed at promoting tourism and the sweet image of the country.
Addressing the Pakistani community in Romania, Qureshi highlighted the measures taken by the government to ensure the welfare of the Pakistani diaspora.
Pakistan and Romania maintain close and friendly ties. The two sides have similar views on important regional and global issues and have traditionally cooperated in various international forums.
Qureshi meets the President of the Spanish Congress of Deputies
MADRID: FM Qureshi called the President of the Congress of Deputies of Spain Meritxell Batet and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Spain in various fields.
Stressing the importance of parliamentary exchanges, the Minister of Foreign Affairs invited Spanish parliamentarians to visit Pakistan, which would contribute to consolidating the areas of ongoing cooperation.
Batet agreed with Shah that the threat of COVID-19 should be addressed through global cooperation through judicious distribution of vaccines and providing fiscal space for developing countries to invest in the health and health sectors. revive their economies.
President Batet thanked Shah for Pakistan’s assistance in evacuating people of concern from Afghanistan. Both parties expressed converging views on the need to retain qualified human resources in Afghanistan to manage the functioning of various state and social institutions.
Highlighting the recent 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (OIC-CFM) hosted by Pakistan on 19th December 2021, to address the urgent humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister reiterated the need for an interim government to be established in Afghanistan by the international community.
He appreciated the interest of the EU and the donation of 20 million euros from Spain for humanitarian support to the Afghan people. The commitment of the Spanish government to play a supportive role in ensuring education for children, especially Afghan women and girls, was very commendable.
Batet accepted Shah’s invitation to lead a parliamentary delegation to Pakistan in the near future.
This visit was undertaken with a view to enhancing Pakistan’s engagement with members of the European Union, in particular by improving economic interface and sharing Pakistan’s perspective on important regional issues.
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