Last updated when May 16, 2020 7:19 a.m.
The two ministers exchanged views on the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic.
ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday held a telephone conversation with his Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi, about the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
Underlining that the pandemic is the most difficult challenge to face humanity this century, the Foreign Minister expressed his condolences for the loss of valuable lives, and praised the effective steps taken by Japan to overcome the plague.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood thanked Japan for its assistance to Pakistan to fight the pandemic, as well as in dealing with desert locust attacks.
While expressing his belief that Pakistanis in Japan would be guarded, he assured Foreign Minister Motegi of all possible facilitation of Japanese citizens in Pakistan.
The two ministers exchanged views on the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. Highlighting that developing countries must fight on two fronts, namely, contain viruses, and prevent hunger, the Foreign Minister briefed Foreign Minister Motegi about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “Global Initiative on Debt Removal” for developing countries.
The Foreign Minister underlined that without immediate, coordinated and comprehensive action to create fiscal space, developing countries may have to face dire social, political and economic consequences.
Touching on the situation in India occupied by Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ & K), the Foreign Minister highlighted that human rights violations continue and increased concern about the spread of infections due to restrictions on the spread of information and unlimited access to medical supplies and other important supplies. There is also concern about the demonization of Indian Muslims in the context of the growing Covid-19 and Islamophobia.
Both Foreign Ministers expressed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations. It was agreed to commemorate 70 years of the establishment of Pakistan-Japan diplomatic relations in 2022 in an appropriate manner.
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