UNGA 2019: FM Qureshi briefs UAE counterpart on Kashmir issue

Published: September 25, 2019
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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi raised the human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) with the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Ivory Coast, and Estonia.

According to Foreign Office, Qureshi held meetings with FM UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Simon Coveney of Ireland, Cote d’Ivoire’s Marcel Amon-Tanoh and UrmasReinsalu of Estonia.

Qureshi underscored the “unilateral and illegal actions” by the Indian government threatened regional peace and security. He urged the international community to prevent any further escalation of the situation and play a part in resolving the longstanding issue between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

The foreign minister highlighted that the communication blockade imposed by the Narendra Modi-led government after scrapping IOK’s autonomy entered its 57th day.

Qureshi expressed hope that the United Nations Security Council would urge India to ensure Kashmiris were given their right to self-determination.

Pakistan and UAE renewed commitment to bilateral ties. Qureshi also discussed bilateral, regional and multilateral relations with the foreign ministers of Ireland, Ivory Coast, and Estonia.

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