Qureshi thanks New Zealand for extending visas for Pakistanis stuck there

By: News Desk      Published: 02:08 PM, 30 Apr, 2020
Qureshi thanks New Zealand for extending visas for Pakistanis stuck there
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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has thanked New Zealand for extending visas of Pakistanis waiting to come back to their homeland but could not due to suspension of international flights operations.

During his telephonic discussion with New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, FM Qureshi exchanged issues of mutual interests including the coronavirus pandemic.

“Pakistan views with utmost regard its relations with New Zealand,” Qureshi said, and added that “It is essential for us to work jointly in order to tackle this pandemic.”

Qureshi also praised exceptional and timely measures taken by New Zealand to check the spread of the virus, and also informed his New Zealander counterpart about PM Imran Khan’s suggestion to the relief for the developing countries in paying their debts amid the critical times.

Reiterating Pakistan’s foreign policy on Kashmir, the minister said, “The world community should also put pressure on India to end its curfew in Kashmir that has been imposed since August 5.”

During the discussion, Qureshi also expressed his concern his counterpart regarding the growing Islamophobia in India, and thanked New Zealand for extending the visa for those Pakistanis waiting to come Pakistan.

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister also ensured Qureshi to take a special care of more than 200 Pakistani students in New Zealand.