ISLAMABAD, Mar 14 (APP):Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke on the telephone with United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres on Monday here and exchanged views on current regional and global issues.
The Foreign Minister briefed the UNSG on the so-called âaccidentalâ firing of a missile by India on 9 March 2022 which fell to the ground in Pakistanâs territory. He stressed that it was a blatant violation of Pakistanâs airspace and reflective of Indiaâs disregard for aviation safety as well as regional peace and stability. The Foreign Minister emphasized that Pakistan continued to act with restraint and responsibility.
Noting the multiple shortcomings and technical lapses of a serious nature in Indiaâs management of strategic weapons, the Foreign Minister underscored Pakistanâs demand for a joint probe into the incident. The Foreign Minister added that the incident was consistent with Indiaâs irresponsible conduct and needed to be addressed by the international community, including the UN Security Council.
Foreign Minister Qureshi and Secretary General Guterres also discussed Pakistan-UN cooperation including in the area of peacekeeping as well as for overcoming the challenges posed by the triple global crisis of COVID-19, sustainable development and climate change.
On the situation in Ukraine, the Foreign Minister shared Pakistanâs perspective on the ongoing conflict, its adverse economic impact on developing countries, and Pakistanâs efforts in support of a solution through dialogue and diplomacy. He pointed out that Prime Minister Imran Khan had been stressing from the outset that developing countries suffer the most from conflict anywhere in the world.
The Secretary General apprised the Foreign Minister of the recent initiatives being explored by the UN to address sky-rocketing inflation worldwide in the wake of the situation in Ukraine. He also highlighted the need to collectively undertake measures for countering the disruptions in global supply chains which were leading to food and energy shortages with a particularly adverse impact on developing countries. The Foreign Minister lauded the Secretary Generalâs efforts in that regard and assured him of Pakistanâs full support and cooperation in these endeavours.
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