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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s willingness to host the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Islamabad as quickly as potential’ and expressed hope that ‘artificial barriers’ created in its path may very well be eradicated.

Addressing a digital informal meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Shah Mehmood Qureshi sought to undertake a regional technique through the SAARC platform to cope with the numerous challenges coping with the realm.

Islamabad was scheduled to host the 19th Regional Bloc Summit in November 2016, nonetheless, India withdrew from the summit. India’s regional allies Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Bhutan have since joined it.

Due to the digital Indian veto, Pakistan has not been able to take care of this event for the fourth 12 months.

It must be well-known that the participation of all member nations is essential for holding the SAARC Summit.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi suggested the meeting that throughout the spirit of regionalism and Pakistan’s dedication to the SAARC platform, he reiterated Pakistan’s willingness to host the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad as shortly as potential.

The artificial limitations that stand in its methodology will most likely be eradicated and SAARC can be able to act as an environment friendly system for regional cooperation, he added.

In his remarks, the Foreign Minister talked about that SAARC emphasizes the principle of sovereignty and equality which is the premise of great regional cooperation.

“Pakistan will continue to play a dynamic role in the success of this important organization,” he talked about.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi recognized that the monetary affect of the Coronavirus epidemic has created ‘the worst economic crisis since the 1930s’ which has had a devastating impression on economies and nations.

He talked about that Pakistan has been able to “control and contain the virus” by following the ‘smart’ lockdown approach along with testing, detection, and quarantine.

“Our efforts to strike a balance between life and livelihood have helped reduce the impact of the epidemic. The government has provided assistance to the weaker sections of society through the Prime Minister’s 8 billion aid package,” he talked about.

“Although Pakistan has managed to control the Pandemic within its borders, we believe that a regional approach is needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of the people of South Asia,” Qureshi talked about.

He talked about Pakistan had hosted a video conference of SAARC well-being ministers in April for a regional response to the wrestle in opposition to the epidemic and supplied a chance for member nations to review from each other’s achievements and experiences.

He talked about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s title to world leaders for a “global debt relief initiative” would help meet the quick needs of making nations to satisfy the issue.

The Minister talked about that the widespread challenges of South Asia, along with epidemic sickness, meal insecurity, locust infestation, and native climate change, need a regional technique for which SAARC should give consideration to those challenges with the intention to satisfy their future. 

Institutions ought to be larger prepared to satisfy such challenges.

‘Conflict resolution a prerequisite for development’

Talking regarding the whole effectivity of SAARC over the previous three a few years, Shah Mehmood Qureshi talked about that the affect of the bloc on the lives of the people “did not live up to our collective expectations despite the horizontal development of the organization and its institutions”.

“Efforts need to be result-oriented and co-operative with as many countries and international and regional organizations as possible,” he talked about.

He talked about that on this regard Pakistan helps the considered extending the standing of observer nations to dialogue companions who’re energetic with SAARC nations and would possibly play a serious place in regional progress.

“In this context, we emphasize the importance of adhering to the Charter of the United Nations and implementing UN Security Council resolutions,” he talked about.

He known as on SAARC to “strongly condemn and oppose any unilateral and illegal move to change the status of the disputed territories in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”


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