Shah Mehmood Qureshi contacts his New Zealand counterpart on video link, discusses issues of mutual interest

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Shah Mehmood Qureshi contacts his New Zealand counterpart on video link, discusses issues of mutual interest

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi contacted his New Zealand counterpart on a video link in which issues of mutual interest were discussed.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahota contacted Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi via video link. The two Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral relations, regional issues and the situation in Afghanistan in detail.

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The Foreign Minister stressed the need for a political settlement of security, stability and inclusiveness in Afghanistan. He said that the international community would have to take concrete steps to address the emerging humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and provide humanitarian and economic assistance to Afghanistan. The need is not to allow Afghans to be isolated.

The Foreign Minister briefed the New Zealand Foreign Minister on the assistance provided by Pakistan in the evacuation process from Kabul. He said Pakistan had helped evacuate 21,000 residents, diplomatic staff and media representatives from 37 countries from Kabul.

The New Zealand Foreign Minister thanked the Pakistani leadership for assisting the citizens of different countries in evacuating from Kabul. The Foreign Minister apprised of the grave human rights violations committed by the Indian occupying forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that we have recently presented a “dossier” to the international community based on concrete evidence of serious war crimes committed by the Indian occupying forces.

The Foreign Minister apprised the New Zealand Foreign Minister of the effective steps taken by Pakistan with regard to FATF. The Foreign Minister raised the issue with the New Zealand Foreign Minister of the unilateral decision to return the cricket team and said that this unilateral decision hurt the hearts of cricket fans in both the countries.

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