There is great compatibility in visions between Cairo, Islamabad: Pakistani FM Qureshi

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Feb 2021

Egypt and Pakistan are able to create a network to eradicate terrorism and intolerance, the Pakistani foreign minister said

Sameh Shoukry
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during a press conference with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Cairo on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Egyptian foreign ministry)

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Wednesday that “there is a great compatibility” between Cairo and Islamabad regarding their visions.

Qureshi’s remarks came during a press conference held in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, which followed the official bilateral talks between the two parties.

Qureshi is on a three-day visit to Egypt, which started on Tuesday, upon invitation by Shoukry.

During his speech, the Pakistani foreign minister explained that the bilateral talks dealt with regional issues of common interest.

He also revealed that he has discussed with Shoukry means to enhance cooperation at all levels, adding that various agreements would be signed between the two countries during his visit.

Cairo and Islamabad have established official diplomatic relations since 1948. Egypt was one of the first countries in the Middle East to open an embassy in Pakistan after its independence.

According to a Monday statement by the Pakistani foreign ministry, Qureshi’s visit would include detailed consultations with Egyptian counterpart officials and with leading Egyptian businessmen and members of the Pakistani community.

The visit is also expected to further strengthen and diversify Pakistan’s bilateral ties with Egypt, the statement says.

Moreover, Qureshi thanked, during his speech, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for his support to Pakistan and all developing countries.

This comes as a result of a phone call in 2020 between Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, and El-Sisi regarding the “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for developing countries over coronavirus concerns, which was proposed by Islamabad and was supported by Cairo.

On the other hand, Qureshi stressed that Egypt and Pakistan are able to establish a network to eradicate terrorism and intolerance.

“The Pakistani people want to live in peace with all neighbours,” the Pakistan’s foreign minister said, adding that the conflict in Kashmir has led to a deterioration of economic conditions.

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