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Pakistan FM Qureshi in New York to attend 76th UNGA session

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in New York on a five-day visit

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in New York on Monday where he will attend and speak at this year’s UN General Assembly.

At John F. Kennedy Airport, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Ambassador Asad Majeed and senior officials of the Pakistani Embassy welcomed the Foreign Minister.

During his stay in New York, the Foreign Minister will hold bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of various countries attending the 66th session of the UN General Assembly. The Foreign Minister will also meet with the UN leadership. He will also address a special event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think tank.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly virtually. PM Khan’s policy address at the UN General Assembly and the Foreign Minister’s visit to New York reflects the development of diplomatic relations between Pakistan, its international partners and international organizations.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire for the establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

During his meeting with the UN Press Representatives in New York, he stressed that the international community should not abandon Afghanistan. A peaceful Afghanistan will make the whole region stable, he said.

Pakistan extended full assistance in the evacuation of foreign nationals from Afghanistan and helped evacuate 16,000 people.

Despite limited resources and no financial support from the international community, Pakistan has been hosting three million Afghan refugees over the last four decades, he shared. “Our economy can no longer bear the burden of refugees,” he said.

He also highlighted the worsening human rights situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and called upon India to stop atrocities against the oppressed Kashmiri people.

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