The Foreign Minister arrived late Sunday from New York, where he represented Pakistan at the 73rd UN General Assembly session. He also addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday, where he highlighted Pakistan’s efforts for peace and stability in the region and also spoke about the ongoing violence in Kashmir.
The Foreign Minister is meeting US Secretary of State at the invitation of extended by Secretary Pompeo during his recent visit to Pakistan, when two sides discussed ways and means to “reset” their ties, which are facing strains after the US announced to suspend security aid to Pakistan.
According to the official sources, Foreign Minister Qureshi and Secretary Pompeo will discuss matters pertaining to bilateral relations as well as situation in the region. Before his meeting with Secretary Pompeo, the Foreign Minister will have a meeting with US National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton at the White House.
Earlier, talking to reporters at the end of the UN session, the Foreign Minister said that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report on the Indian brutalities in the Occupied Kashmir has revived interest in the lingering dispute and the continuing human tragedy there has definitely “struck a sympathetic cord among world leaders”. The Minister stated that the UN report, which has provided evidence on the brutalities of the Indian security forces, had in fact endorsed what Pakistan had been telling the international community about the situation there.
President International Human Rights Council of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Syed Nazir Gillani lauded the speech of the Foreign Minister at the UN for exposing Indian forces’ gross violation of human rights and atrocities in the Occupied Valley. He said that Mr. Qureshi effectively responded to the statement by the Indian External Minister Shushma Swaraj and exposed the state terrorism unleased by the Indian occupation forces there.
It may be mentioned here that the Minister had 54 interactions with delegates to the UNGA, including 22 bilateral meetings and 11 multilateral meetings during his six days stay in New York.
Besides meeting Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Bolton, Foreign Minister Qureshi will also speak at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on the subject of Pakistan’s New Government Change or Continuity in Foreign Policy on Oct. 3. The Minister is also scheduled to hold meetings with members of US Congress