Qureshi arrives in Baghdad on three-day visit

Foreign minister to hold consultations on bilateral ties with Iraqi counterpart

News Desk May 28, 2021
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi upon his arrival in Baghdad, on May 28, 2021. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Baghad on Friday on a three-day official visit to the country, wherein he will hold consultations with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein.

The two leaders will also discuss bilateral ties with respect to multilateral organisations, in particular, the United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Qureshi will also exchange views on the issues confronting the Muslim world as well as the global and regional issues of mutual interest.

Later, the minister will call on the Iraqi leadership and speak with the ministers there on bilateral matters regarding the areas of cooperation, specifically the management and wellbeing of thousands of Pakistani pilgrims who visit the sacred sites in the country each year.

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On March 13, Pakistan announced to dispatch three planes full of Covid-19 relief goods to Iraq on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Making the announcement during a press briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Chaudhri stated that the Covid-19 pandemic was a global challenge, which could only be contained with international solidarity and cooperation.

The government and people of Pakistan stood by their Iraqi brethren in this difficult time, he maintained.

Pakistan and Iraq enjoy long-standing fraternal relations based on shared faith, values and culture. The two nations have a shared understanding and similarity of views on several regional and global issues. They continue to collaborate closely to boost bilateral cooperation in various fields.

The two countries have multifaceted relationship, marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse fields, the spokesperson maintained