Islamabad: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a video call with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan on Wednesday and briefed him on ongoing human right (HR) violations by India in Indian Illegal Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Issues of common concern were discussed, including the Covid-19 pandemic, bilateral cooperation and regional situations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized that Pakistan and Uzbekistan have a cordial and fraternal relationship, and expressed satisfaction with the leadership and official level of goodwill between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, which is also reflected in the contacts between people. .
Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked his Uzbekistani foreign minister for his assistance to the Uzbek government to repatriate the stranded Pakistani nationals from Tashkent.
He also informed him of the steps the Pakistani government is taking to save lives and ensure livelihoods after the pandemic.
In a bilateral context, the Foreign Minister stated that after the COVID-19 situation has stabilized, the opening ceremony of the bilateral political consultation meeting should be held in Islamabad.
The two ministers emphasized the need to increase the volume of mutual trade and speed up the completion of other bilateral initiatives.
Foreign Minister Qureshi is deeply concerned about the continued double blockade of the Innoic people and the increased military repression, false contacts and extrajudicial executions by the Indian occupying forces.
He informed the President of Uzbekistan that August 5, 2020 was 365 days since India took illegal and unilateral actions last year. He condemned India’s actions to change the demographic structure of IIOJK by introducing a new residence law and granting non-Kashmiris the right of abode, saying that India has clearly violated relevant UN Security Council resolutions and international laws, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.
The Foreign Minister also emphasized the demonization of Indian Muslims in the context of Covid-19 and stressed that the international community should reject it.
Foreign Minister apprised his Uzbek counterpart that the intensified ceasefire violations by India and enhanced tensions pose threat to regional and international peace and security and highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to sensitize the world about such risks.
Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He expressed hope that commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations will contribute towards this process.
The Foreign Minister expressed thanks for the invitation extended to him to visit Uzbekistan and expressed willingness to undertake the visit at the earliest convenience. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to remain in close contact to take forward the important bilateral agenda and close cooperation in the regional context.