Davos, 21 January 2023 (TDI): At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari participated in a panel discussion on security and coordination in the current geopolitical climate.
During the panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari emphasized the importance of negotiations and diplomacy in resolving the ongoing issue of Ukraine.
He stated that he believes that diplomacy is the only solution to the Ukraine-Russia conflict and that all parties involved should approach the situation with a positive and constructive mindset to find a resolution for the conflict in the region.
The 53rd meeting of WEF is taking place from January 16 to 20, 2023. A delegation from Pakistan is taking part in the forum under the leadership of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
WEF annually brings together political and business leaders to identify pathways to overcome economic, social, and environmental challenges. This year the theme of the forum is “Cooperation in a Fragmented World.
The Foreign Minister said that the world is facing many challenges, including climate change. He added, “Pakistan is facing the challenges of food and energy security and the economies of the third world are encountering pressures.”
“Prices of gas are increasing across the world, including Pakistan and the United States (US), and the war between Russia and Ukraine has impacted the region and the world,” Bilawal observed.
He suggested that the world should resolve these issues with cooperation. Along these lines, Bilawal noted, “The working of international financial institutions should be reformed and improved for removing reservations of the countries in the south.”
The Minister said the conflicts endangering world peace could be resolved amicably if the international institutions started working within the framework of the United Nations (UN).
Bilawal also raised the issue of Kashmir during the discussion. He said, “It is unfortunate that the United Nations resolutions on Ukraine are very important for Europe and the west. On the other hand, the resolutions on Kashmir are not given importance.”
He said that the old international order for dispute resolutions has clearly failed and as a result, the world now sees the first war in mainland Europe after the Second World War.
The Foreign Minister of Pakistan concluded his address by urging the world to hold negotiations regarding issues concerning Afghanistan. “We have already wasted so much time.” He reminded the international community.