Pakistan offers Bosnia & Herzegovina training of young diplomats

ISLAMABAD, Nov 4 (APP):Pakistan has offered Bosnia & Herzegovina of training courses of its young diplomats at the Foreign Service Academy in Islamabad.

The offer came as Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia & Herzegovina Sefik Dzaferovic here on Wednesday, who is currently on a two-day visit to Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed confidence that the cooperation at diplomatic level could strengthen relations between the two countries.

The Foreign Service Academy, the training arm of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides training to the diplomats from friendly countries along with its own career diplomats.

The meeting also agreed that a vast potential existed to enhance cooperation, especially in fields of trade and investment, energy, science and technology, defence industry, education, and people-to-people exchanges.

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Extending warm welcome to the Chairman on his first visit to Pakistan, the Foreign Minister underlined the fraternal nature of relations between Pakistan and Bosnia & Herzegovina marked by warmth and cordiality.

He said there existed remarkable goodwill for the people of Bosnia & Herzegovina among the people of Pakistan as both supported each other in times of need.

The Foreign Minister expressed condolences on the loss of precious lives in Bosnia & Herzegovina due to COVID-19.
He apprised Chairman Dzaferovic of Pakistan’s strategy of ‘smart lockdown’ and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stress on saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy.

The Foreign Minister underlined the importance of promoting mutual collaboration through optimal utilization of mechanisms of Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC), Joint Economic Commission (JEC) and Joint Trade Committee (JTC).

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Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the Chairman on the grave human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) as well as India’s illegal measures to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory, which was against United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, international law, and the 4th Geneva Convention.

The Foreign Minister thanked the Presidency of Bosnia & Herzegovina for taking a principled position on the Kashmir issue.

He also highlighted Pakistan’s positive contribution to the Afghan peace process and reaffirmed support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned leading to an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

Both sides appreciated the strong cooperation at the multilateral fora, especially at the United Nations. It was agreed to continue such mutual support to each other.