Pakistan reaffirms commitment to multilateral cooperation for preserving peace

Pakistan reaffirms commitment to multilateral cooperation for preserving peace

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to multilateral cooperation for preserving peace, preventing conflict and realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The resolve was expressed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while speaking a virtual High Level Replenishment Conference for United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s Peace-building Fund.

The foreign minister announced a token contribution of 25,000 dollars to the Secretary General’s Peace-building Fund.

He said the pledge underscores Pakistan’s longstanding political, human and financial commitment to UN’s endeavors in peacekeeping and peace-building.

FM Qureshi said that as a major troop and police contributing country, Pakistan take pride in its rich UN peacekeeping history.

“Over the last 60 years, Pakistan's peacekeepers have represented the blue flag in 46 UN Missions across four continents of the world,” he said.

Meanwhile, talking to media at Parliament House, the foreign minister rejected any possibility of bilateral trade with India.

“Kashmir is not an internal issue of India but an internationally recognised dispute,” FM Qureshi reiterated adding that Pakistan had raised the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) at international fora including the UN.

About Afghanistan, he said that there is no military solution to the Afghan issue and comprehensive dialogue is the only way forward.

FM Qureshi said that priorities of the new US administration are in line with our vision we will continue to work for peace with it.