New York, 27 September 2023 (TDI): Jalil Abbas Jilani, Caretaker Foreign Minister of Pakistan met with Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, on the sidelines of 78th session of UN General Assembly in New York, on September 23.
The Foreign Minister and OIC Secretary General discussed regional and global topics of mutual concern at the meeting.
The GCC, as emphasized by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, is an important factor in the area and has the potential to significantly improve Pakistan and Gulf countries’ economic and political ties.
During the meeting, he also gave the Secretary-General of the GCC an update on the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and the atrocities carried out by Indian soldiers on the population of innocent civilians.
GCC secretary general added that there are several different degrees of development in the partnership with Pakistan.
According to Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, collaboration under interesting circumstances is growing and developing between the GCC and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
He also added that the GCC nations eagerly anticipate coming to a final agreement to ratify the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two parties.
Furthermore, the meeting covered a variety of topics, including the development of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and the necessity of moving these discussions forward to suit everyone’s commercial and economic interests.
The Gulf Cooperation Council and Pakistan have decided to create a comprehensive alliance with a renewed emphasis on fostering bilateral trade and commercial ties.
Moreover, the Foreign Minister expressed satisfaction on the progress made in the negotiations on Pakistan-GCC Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and reiterated the need for its early conclusion.
While adhering to the Joint Action Plan authorized for the years 2022–2026, they actively modified their opinions on indigenous and international issues.
In accordance with the Joint Action Plan for Strategic Dialogue between the two parties, the Foreign Minister emphasized Pakistan’s intention to develop institutional ties with the GCC and its member nations.
He emphasized that Pakistan, as suggested at the first meeting of the Political Dialogue held in March of this year, would be prepared to host the GCC Foreign Ministers’ Conference in Islamabad.
At the end, Pakistan’s caretaker Foreign Minister also held a meeting with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General, Hissein Brahim Taha, on the same day.
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