Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi held important meeting with Iraqi President

Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi held important meeting with Iraqi President

*Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on Saturday Iraqi President Barham Salih in Baghdad.*

In a press release, the Foreign Office (FO) said the two discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest, adding that the FM expressed Pakistan’s desire to further enhance existing bilateral ties in all spheres of cooperation.

The FM acknowledged the unyielding efforts and sacrifices of the people of Iraq in the fight against terrorism and wished peace, progress and prosperity for the country. President Salih warmly welcomed the FM and thanked Pakistan for its understanding and support, the FO statement said.

Qureshi also briefed the president on Pakistan’s transformed vision centered around shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics. He also outlined Pakistan’s desire to offer itself as an economic hub through peace, development partnerships and connectivity.

The FO said that President Salih appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan's environmental initiatives, and hoped for greater cooperation in this field. During their meeting, Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to promote solidarity among the Muslim Ummah, and briefed the president of Pakistan's steadfast diplomatic support for Palestinians.

"Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the President on the situation in South Asia, in particular Pakistan's approach towards the issues and disputes with India, Pakistan’s consistent support for the Afghan Peace Process," FO added.