Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday discussed the situation in Palestine and Indian Occupied Kashmir, the Afghan peace process and matters of mutual interest with United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Volkan Bozkir in Islamabad.

A Foreign Office statement said that UNGA President Bozkir arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday.

Welcoming Bozkir to the Foreign Office, Qureshi appreciated his efforts in summoning an emergency session of the assembly on the Palestine issue.

He stressed the need to resolve the Palestine and Kashmir issues according to the UN Security Council resolutions.

“Peace in the Middle East will remain elusive without a permeant resolution to the Palestine issue,” he said. In the same way, peace can’t be established in South Asia without resolving the Kashmir issue, the foreign minister added.

On the Afghan peace process, Qureshi said that Pakistan’s role as a mediator had been recognised at an international level.

He also appreciated the UNGA president’s ‘Vaccine for All’ initiative and said that getting immunised was necessary to defeat the virus.

UNGA President Bozkir reiterated the “UN position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is governed by the UN Charter and relevant UNSC resolutions, calling for a ‘free and impartial’ plebiscite under the UN auspices”.

The UNGA president also visited the National Defence University Pakistan and delivered a speech on the importance of multilateralism.

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