By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai
ISLAMABAD: Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Wira Haji Marzuki bin Haji Yahya called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Friday and discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual interests.
The Foreign Minister apprised the Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister about the blatant human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi appreciated the bold stance of Malaysia against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir. He said we are thankful to Malaysia for fully supporting Pakistan’s stance on Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
He thanked the Malaysian government for its principled stance on the pressing issue. The Malaysian deputy foreign minister discussed matters pertaining to the upcoming Kuala Lumpur conference with FM Qureshi as well.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi undertook a visit to Malaysia from Nov 4-5 on the invitation of his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah.
He attended a preparatory meeting on Kuala Lumpur Summit chaired by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.Other participants included the Foreign Minister of Qatar and Minister of Industry and Technology of Turkey. FM Qureshi held separate meetings with the Malaysian Foreign Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs to discuss bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, halal food, science and technology, human resource and international issues of common interest.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said the present government is taking concrete steps to address the issue of malnutrition and to provide better maternal and child healthcare.
He was talking to Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.
The Foreign Minister pointed out that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his first address to the nation had expressed the commitment to deal with the issue of stunted growth of children. He said dealing with this challenge is our priority.
The Jordanian princess appreciated the government’s Ehsaas Programme for poverty alleviation.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the government is committed to eliminate all forms of malnutrition in Pakistan.
Talking to Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan and World Food Programme’s Special Adviser on Mother and Child Nutrition, who called on him in Islamabad, PM Imran mentioned that in his very first address to the nation, he had committed to address the severest form of malnutrition, including the prevalence of stunted growth in children in the country as a matter of priority for his government, Radio Pakistan reported.
He apprised the Jordanian princess of the steps taken by the government under Ehsaas and other poverty alleviation programs, concerning women’s empowerment.
The prime minister appreciated her dedication to increase awareness about mother and child nutrition.
By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai