Foreign Minister’s visit to Tajikistan, 29-31 March 2021
FM Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi leads the Pakistan delegation at the 9th Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) Ministerial Conference, held on 30 March 2021 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) will precede the Ministerial meeting on 29 March 2021. The theme of the Conference is “Strengthening Consensus for Peace and Development.”
On the sidelines of HoA-IP, Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Tajik FM, Chairman Tajik Parliament and Defence Minister and discussed a spectrum of bilateral ties. Both vowed to tap into the potential of those areas, yet unexplored, to engage more meaningfully, specifically across trade, tourism and people-to-people engagement. He concluded his trip by paying homage to the Monument of Ismoil Somoni, Founder of the great Tajik nation. The Foreign Minister’s visit to Tajikistan will help deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields and reinforce the growing partnership between the two brotherly countries.
Visit of Foreign Minister to Germany, 11-13 April 2021
At the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Germany, Mr. Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi undertook an official visit to Germany on 11-13 April 2021 as Pakistan and Germany celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations. The talks remained focused on strengthening our bilateral and political cooperation, focusing on enhancing collaboration in renewable energy, agriculture, health, education and climate change.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that “in commemoration of our 70 years of diplomatic relations, Pakistan will be issuing postage stamps to celebrate our two great heroes: Iqbal and Goethe. We will also be issuing a commemorative coin portraying important monuments in the two countries.” He also shared a good news followed by the meeting that Pakistan will receive 15 million doses of the COVID vaccine under COVAX, with a commitment for these to be delivered by May.
He also met Dr Wolfgang Schäuble (President of the Bundestag), Gunter Mulack (Former Ambassador to Pakistan) and other notable members of the business and diplomatic community. He had a candid encounter with the members of the Pakistani diaspora who are positively contributing to the German economy & society.
He visited Pakistan’s Embassy in Germany and launched a football enclave at the embassy. ‘Arzi Nawees’ has also been appointed to aid with online application forms for those in need, gratis.
Foreign Minister’s visit to UAE
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi embarked on a three-day official visit to the UAE, where he met his counterpart, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE dignitaries. The FM also met Pakistani diaspora and interacted with local and international media.
Visit of Foreign Minister to Iran, 20-22 April 2021
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited Iran on 20-22 April, 2021 at the invitation of Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif. During the visit, the Foreign Minister had delegation-level talks with Foreign Minister Zarif. He also called on President Dr. Hassan Rouhani and Speaker of the Parliament Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf. The Foreign Minister also visit the city of Mashhad. During the delegation-level talks, the two Foreign Ministers reviewed bilateral relations with a view to further deepening cooperation in diverse fields. The two sides discussed regional security situation including the latest developments in the Afghan Peace Process and the Jammu & Kashmir dispute.
He also visited Pakistan’s Embassy in Tehran to meet with the team that works closely with the Pakistani community in Iran to strengthen our economic and cultural diplomacy footprint.
Following dialogue between PM Imran Khan and President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Ministers of both countries signed MoU on the establishment of 6 Border Sustenance Marketplaces promoting economic uplift of Pakistani and Irani border populations, giving respective populace formal/legal means to engage in commerce.
Visit of Foreign Minister to Turkey
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited Turkey on 23 April 2021 on the invitation of Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. He landed in Turkey on the auspicious occasion of Turkish Sovereignty and Children’s Day, commemorating the foundation of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, connecting children from all over the world in the spirit of peace and harmony.
During the visit, the Foreign Minister had bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. He also participated in a trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan. In the trilateral meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister discussed the latest developments in the Afghan peace process, exchange views on achieving the shared objectives of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process and highlight Pakistan’s valuable efforts towards this end.