ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday held telephonic conversations with his Singaporean and Malaysian counterparts and exchanged views on the efforts against the coronavirus pandemic.
FM Qureshi informed his Malaysian counterpart Malaysian FM Hishammuddin Hussein about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for restructuring of loans of developing countries to enable them effectively deal with the pandemic.
Welcoming PM Imran’s call for restructuring of loans, the Malaysian FM indicated that he would raise the matter with G-20 countries.
Qureshi also informed him of the condition in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) where unarmed Kashmiris have been facing the worst curfew for eight months. “While the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, India is bent upon changing the demography of occupied Kashmir by amending rules and regulations regarding domicile, which is violation of not only international laws but also against the United Nations (UN) resolutions,” he added.
The two foreign ministers also exchanged views regarding spread of coronavirus pandemic and the efforts being made to contain it.
Speaking to Singapore’s FM Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Qureshi said that the steps taken by Singapore’s government to check spread of coronavirus are commendable. He also informed his Singaporean counterpart about the efforts being made by Pakistan government to deal with this pandemic.
He said Pakistan is trying to benefit from Singapore’s successful experience of launching mobile App “Trace Together” to contain spread of coronavirus.
Qureshi also apprised his Singaporean counterpart about PM Imran’s call for debt relief and restructuring to enable the developing countries to free up resources to combat the disease.
The two ministers agreed to stay closely engaged on all issues of common interest.