ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has invited for a regional approach to meet the widespread challenges including Coronavirus, food insecurity, locust invasion, and climate change.
Pakistan Foreign Minister was virtually addressing the meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
He said again that Pakistan’s willingness to host the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad at the earliest.
He uttered the hope that the synthetic impediments created in its way would be removed and SAARC would be enabled to function as an effective device of regional cooperation.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi FM apprised Pakistan, being a founding member of SAARC, has always attached great importance to this platform and remains committed to the principles and objectives of the SAARC Charter.
He further added that Pakistan has always been supportive of the idea of upgrading the Observer Status to Dialogue partners of those Observer Countries that are actively connected with SAARC Countries and that can play an important role in the development of the region, especially in the context of post-pandemic economic recovery.
Emphasizing over Pakistan’s success against Coronavirus, the Foreign Minister asked though Pakistan may have controlled the Pandemic within its boundaries, it believes that a regional approach is needed to stop the spread of Coronavirus and save the lives and livelihoods of the people of South Asia.
Foreign Minister stressed for peaceful resolution of outstanding conflicts to reach development, economic growth, poverty alleviation, and social uplift of the masses. “In this context, we strongly emphasize the importance of faithfully following the UN Charter and implementing UN Security Council Resolutions.”
He further added that we must condemn, resist any unilateral and illegal measures to change the status of disputed territories in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions. Such unilateral measures run counter to our shared objective of creating a regional environment of friendship and cooperation and these must be opposed resolutely.
Foreign Minister urged the Council members to take cognizance of the systematic human rights violations of the people suffering from long-running conflicts and make sure their protection.