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Pakistan, GCC finalize joint action plan for strategic dialogue

Pakistan and the Gulf Cooperation Council on Wednesday finalized the Joint Action Plan for Strategic Dialogue to strengthen cooperation in various fields including political, security, trade and investment, health, culture and education.

The plan (2022-26) was finalized in a delegation-level meeting between the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

During the meeting cooperation in diverse fields including agricultural and food security, transportation, energy, environment, was reviewed. The two sides also explored new avenues for an enhanced beneficial partnership, the statement read.

The two sides also discussed regional issues, especially the prevailing humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Afghanistan. Deteriorating human rights situation in Illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir was also discussed.

Earlier, foreign minister Qureshi extended a warm welcome to the GCC secretary-general Dr. Al-Hajraf. Recalling the meeting in December 2021, Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s long-lasting brotherly and historical ties with the GCC member states.

The two sides underscored that the agreed-upon Action Plan would play a key role in realizing the incredible potential for increased cooperation between Pakistan and the GCC states.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi also thanked the GCC and its member states for extending support for the people of Afghanistan in the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Islamabad in December 2021.

The foreign minister urged the international community to upscale efforts to help the Afghan people on priority to avoid the looming humanitarian crisis and stabilize the economic situation in that country.

Later, Dr Al-Hajraf-led GCC delegation called on the Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin. Mr Tarin told the delegation that the Pakistan government was committed to introducing reforms in various sectors to address the outstanding structural issues and to attain sustainable and inclusive growth.

The minister appreciated the GCC member states for providing hospitability to a large number of Pakistanis working in those countries.

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