UN/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan were commended by United Nations General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.
Garcés held a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the foreign ministry on Friday. This is her first visit to any Asian country after assuming charge.
“I am extremely honoured to be here…in this beautiful country, to be able to meet a new government that is extremely committed to sustainable development, extremely committed to strengthening multilateralism, extremely committed to strengthening and revitalisation of the United Nations and its systems,” she said while speaking to the media.
A prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan would benefit the entire region, she remarked. Garcés is an Ecuadorian politician and diplomat. She is the current president of the United Nations General Assembly for the 73rd session.
A pleasure to meet @SMQureshiPTI, Foreign Minister of #Pakistan. I commended him for Pakistan’s support for multilateralism, their contributions to @UNPeacekeeping, and their generous support in hosting #refugees. #UN4ALL pic.twitter.com/YGa1OWnq11
— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) January 18, 2019
President of UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espionosa arrived in Islamabad on a five-day visit to Pakistan. She visited Foreign Office and held talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. This is her first visit to any Asian country as President of UN General Assembly. pic.twitter.com/4G1iDKGZnh
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) January 18, 2019
The foreign minister said that a vibrant and strengthened United Nations can help to resolve issues through collective efforts.
During the meeting, both sides discussed regional and international issues, including Kashmir. Qureshi expressed concern over the human rights violations in Indian-Administered Kashmir.
Before leaving New York, Ambassador Lodhi said in an interview with APP that the General Assembly president’s visit marks the enhanced engagement between Pakistan and the UN and can be expected to take to an even more intense level.