FM holds telephonic talks with Chinese counterpart

By Asghar Ali Mubarak

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has made a telephonic conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi where they exchanged views on coronavirus crisis and matters related to mutual interests, media reported on Wednesday.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested the international community for the restructuring of loans to the developing countries in order to support the states to overcome the challenge of coronavirus pandemic.
He added that the suggestion was presented to allow the developing countries to utilise their limited resources to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
He also urged to expand the facility for debt payments as there was a need to bring a new economic plan for helping the developing nations. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that such countries will get benefitted by the decision of G20 forum for a temporary halt to debt payments by the world’s poorest nations.
During the telephonic conversation, the foreign ministers have agreed to continue consultations between both countries to fight COVID-19. It is pertinent to mention here that the Group of 20 nations announced support Wednesday for a temporary halt to debt payments by the world’s poorest nations as they struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.