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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday received Ambassador of Egypt Tarek Dahroug in his office on Wednesday.

The Foreign Office said that the foreign minister welcomed the ambassador to Islamabad and felicitated him on his appointment.

Expressing his satisfaction over the cordiality of relations between Pakistan and Egypt and close coordination at international platforms, the foreign minister emphasized the importance of translating the political goodwill into substantive bilateral cooperation.

He underlined that enhanced interactions at leadership level, greater people-to-people contacts, and increased commercial engagements would help reinforce this process.

While highlighting the situation in the IIOJK, the foreign minister expressed concerns over egregious human rights violations by the Indian occupation forces.

He stressed that the international community including Egypt must take steps to alleviate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people.

Qureshi appreciated the role of Al-Azhar University as an historic seat of learning and highlighted its significant contributions to the Islamic jurisprudence.

He also underscored Egypt's importance as a gateway to African market.

The Egyptian ambassador expressed gratitude for the support extended in the discharge of his mission. Views were also exchanged on important regional and international developments.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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