New York, 22 September 2023 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Jalil Abbas Jilani enhanced bilateral ties with Cuba, Malta and Belarus on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly session in New York, on 19 September.
On the sidelines of the 78th UNGA session in New York, Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani met with his Maltese colleague Dr Ian Borg in a separate meeting to discuss the full range of bilateral ties as well as global concerns.
Pakistan and Malta decided to look into prospects for cross-border collaboration in a range of industries, including startups, pharmaceuticals, health care, and information technology.
Both parties emphasized the necessity of strengthening bilateral connections in all areas, including politics, economics, commerce, and investment.
They revived the Pakistan-Malta Joint Technical Commission and reiterated their commitment to fostering trade and commercial cooperation.
The Foreign Minister thanked the Maltese Government for giving Pakistani workers chances and expressed optimism that in the months to come, cooperation in the crucial area of labour mobility would continue to grow.
Additionally, they discussed topics with both regional and international significance.
The Foreign Minister met with Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, his colleague in Cuba, and both men decided to strengthen their bilateral ties in the fields of commerce, biotechnology, health, and education.
According to Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan and Cuba have great ties characterized by shared viewpoints on a variety of domestic and international problems.
He praised in particular the two sides’ strong coordination at multilateral forums, especially the UN, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), G-77, and China.
The foreign minister expressed once more the sincere thanks of the Pakistani people for the medical aid provided by Cuba during the devastating earthquake that afflicted Pakistan in 2005.
The Foreign Minister remembered that Cuba’s then-Deputy Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla spent more than six months in Pakistan.
He thanked the Cuban Foreign Minister for the smooth organization of the G-77+China Summit held in Havana on September 15–16, 2023, and reiterated Pakistan’s support for Cuba during its year-long chairmanship of the G-77 and China.
Pakistan-Belarus bilateral talks
While meeting his Belarusian colleague Sergei Aleinik, Foreign Minister Jilani reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to developing and bolstering diplomatic ties with Belarus.
During the six-session meeting of the Pakistan-Belarus Joint Economic Commission in January 2023, the two Foreign Ministers addressed a number of agreements resulting from the discussions on bilateral cooperation.
Both parties pledged to improve communication between members of global and regional organisations.
Regarding this, Foreign Minister Aleinik expressed appreciation to Pakistan for supporting Belarus’ application to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The two Foreign Ministers also reaffirmed their dedication to developing and bolstering Pakistan’s and Belarus’ diplomatic ties.
Both Ministers discussed a variety of important subjects during the meeting.
Pakistan and Belarus improved their political interaction, planned further meetings, and made efforts to boost the bilateral commerce volume.
Both parties strengthened inter-parliamentary cooperation and looked at potential industry-sector partnerships.
The conference gave Belarus and Pakistan a chance to deepen their diplomatic relationships and look into potential areas of future cooperation, which helped to foster the growth of friendly ties between the two countries.