FILE PHOTO: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood
Pakistan has called for international community's role in preventing escalation of tensions and facilitating peaceful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions.
This was stated by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood during a video conference with his Spanish counterpart Ms. Cristina Gallach.
The Foreign Secretary shared Pakistan’s perspective on the grave human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, New Delhi's moves to change demographic structure of occupied territory in violation of international law, and threat to peace and security in the face of intensified ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and belligerent actions from the Indian side.
The exchange of views covered a broad range of subjects including response to Covid-19 pandemic, bilateral relations, close cooperation in multilateral fora, and regional situation.
Sohail Mahmood extended condolences over the loss of precious lives in Spain due to Covid-19 and commended Spain's efforts to contain the virus and steps to revive the economy.
The Foreign Secretary highlighted Pakistan's concern on temporary suspension of PIA flights into European Union as follow up to a recent decision and called for its review. He underlined that all necessary steps are being taken by the government to ensure the highest level of flight safety in PIA operations.
The two sides also discussed bilateral trade and economic ties.
The Foreign Secretary conveyed appreciation for Spain's support for GSP Plus for Pakistan and also underlined the hope that concerted efforts would be made to safeguard Pakistan-Spain bilateral trade against the challenges posed by Covid-19 in the shortest possible time.
The two sides reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and progress in the Afghan peace process. The Foreign Secretary reaffirmed that Pakistan would continue to support Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process as part of a shared responsibility for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The two sides agreed to further increase the frequency of bilateral political exchanges at various levels. It was agreed to hold the next round of Pakistan-Spain Annual Bilateral Consultations as the Covid-19 situation eases.