FM Qureshi, GCC Secretary General discuss situation in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (APP):Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef bin Falah Al-Hajraf, here on Saturday and exchanged views on issues of common interest including the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s abiding commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan and the continued well-being of the Afghan people.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined that the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers would provide an opportunity to consider practical and concrete steps to help address the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people.

On Pakistan – GCC relations, the Foreign Minister and the Secretary General expressed their desire to further strengthen cooperation to forge a comprehensive partnership, with a renewed focus on the promotion of bilateral trade and business relations. They agreed to cooperate closely to conclude Pakistan-GCC Free Trade Agreement at the earliest.

Pakistan and GCC have long-standing fraternal relations rooted firmly in the common religion, shared values, and culture. This is the maiden visit to Pakistan of the GCC Secretary-General who assumed office in February 2020.