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FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with his Oman counterpart Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. PHOTO: PID / FILE

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Oman counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah held telephone talks on Tuesday and discussed the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciates the effective actions taken by Oman to control the spread of this disease,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

He explained to Oman’s foreign minister about the latest situation in Pakistan and the steps taken by the government to overcome the challenges amid the outbreak of a new coronavirus, the communique added.

At present, the number of Covid-19 patients in Pakistan has exceeded 22,000. This virus has claimed more than 500 lives while at least 5782 coronavirus patients have recovered.

According to the official statement, the foreign minister also expressed his gratitude for the return of Pakistani citizens from Oman.

“While underscoring the importance of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for a Global Initiative for Debt Aid for developing countries, Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated the need for close cooperation to reduce the impact of the economic slowdown and devote more resources to managing the crisis.”

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He also highlighted the upcoming locust attacks in the Middle East and South Asia and stressed the need for a coordinated response to maintaining collective food security.

FM Qureshi expressed his concern over the spread of Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir occupied by India due to continued restrictions on movement and the lack of unlimited access to medical supplies and other important supplies.

He also noted the campaign to vilify Indian Muslims in the context of the spread of Covid-19, stressing that “it must be rejected by the international community”.

Oman’s foreign minister praised the efforts of the Pakistani government in combating the pandemic and extended the government’s support to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiative on debt reduction.

The two foreign ministers agreed to remain engaged.

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