ASTANA, (Kazakhstan): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said there were legitimate expectations for the United Nations to play its due role in addressing the myriad challenges of today, including the long-outstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
He appreciated efforts of the UN Secretary General and expressed his support to his call for cooperation among states and other stakeholders for advancing the agenda of peace and cooperation by resolving disputes through dialogue and negotiations, agreeing that this was essential for success in conflict prevention and resolution.
The Prime Minister was talking to Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, who called on him here on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.
Congratulating Pakistan on a successful SCO membership, the UN Secretary General said Pakistan was an important member of the international community and was playing an active role in the United Nations.
During the meeting, the two also exchanged views on other important issues of significance at the bilateral, regional and international levels.
The Prime Minister said that pursuing membership of the SCO was an important milestone and achievement of foreign policy of Pakistan. It advanced government’s policy of peaceful neighbourhood and enhancing connectivity in the region.
He further said that Pakistan believed in building cooperative and stronger relationships with other members of the international comity. Both agreed that peace in the region and the world at large was in everyone’s interest.
Guterres appreciated Pakistan’s role in hosting Afghan refugees for the past 37 years.—APP