PRESS RELEASE

Meeting of the Foreign Minister with the Foreign Minister of Norway

Islamabad, 22 September 2021

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway, Ms. Ine Eriksen SÝreide, on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The Foreign Minister underscored the importance of continued and positive engagement of the international community with Afghanistan, in order to promote lasting peace and stability and to address the grave humanitarian situation in the country.

He also highlighted Pakistanís role in supporting the UNís ongoing humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, in addition to facilitating the evacuation and relocation of the UN and international staff as well as foreign diplomats and nationals belonging to a number of countries.

A comprehensive Dossier documenting Indiaís gross, systematic and widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in IIOJK, including Indiaís illegal attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory in contravention of UN Security Council resolutions, was transmitted to the Norwegian side.

The close bilateral relations between Pakistan and Norway were also discussed with a shared commitment by both sides to further enhance mutual cooperation. The Foreign Minister underscored the need for increased collaboration in political, economic, clean energy, and other areas of mutual interest between the two countries.