The Foreign Minister congratulates British partners on PM Johnson’s recovery
The Foreign Minister congratulates British partners on PM Johnson’s recovery. FILE PHOTOS
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked his British counterpart Dominic Raab to continue Prime Minister Imran Khan’s advice to provide assistance to developing countries regarding repayment of loans to G-20 countries after the new coronavirus pandemic.
During a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Qureshi told Raab that Prime Minister Imran had given advice on loan restructuring so developing countries could use their resources to deal with a global pandemic and save valuable human lives.
“Developed countries find this coronavirus challenge difficult to overcome because it has engulfed the whole world,” Qureshi said. “With this situation in mind, Imran has appealed to developed countries to provide assistance to developing countries where loan payments are made,” Qureshi added.
The foreign minister said he hoped that Britain – an important and active member of the G-20 – would continue the advice.
Raab welcomed the advice on loan restructuring.
During the talks, Qureshi congratulated Raab on Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was expelled from the hospital where he was being treated for the new corona virus and prayed for his initial recovery.
Qureshi praised the efforts of the British foreign minister in controlling the global pandemic so as not to spread during Prime Minister Johnson’s absence.
The foreign minister expressed solidarity and sadness with the British government and its people over the loss of valuable lives during the pandemic.
“Around the world, including Britain, paramedics are risking their lives while treating corona virus patients,” Qureshi said, praising the role of doctors and paramedics.
Both the foreign minister and his partners exchanged views on bringing back their respective citizens who were stranded in other countries.
Qureshi told Raab that Pakistan had repatriated 7,734 British citizens via 23 special flights from Pakistan International Airlines and the rest would be sent home soon.
The British foreign minister thanked the Pakistani government and foreign minister for the return of British citizens.
Raab asked for a charter flight to take back the remaining British citizens in Pakistan. Qureshi assured all the possibilities for cooperation on this issue.
The two officials agreed to continue consultations to deal effectively with the challenges of the coronavirus.
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