ISLAMABAD: The Spokesperson’s Office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release on Saturday regarding Pakistan’s assistance to Iraq in combating COVID-19. 

“On the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan is despatching three planes-load of COVID-related relief goods to the brotherly Republic of Iraq,” read the statement, “the first plane-load was despatched today in presence of the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ambassador of Iraq to Pakistan. The next two consignments will be sent in the coming week.”

The press release reaffirmed the long-standing fraternal ties between the two nations, saying, “Pakistan and Iraq have long-standing fraternal ties rooted firmly in shared faith and values. The two countries have a multifaceted relationship, marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse fields.”

The statement also recognized the need for global cooperation during the pandemic. “COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge, which can only be contained with international solidarity and cooperation,” the statement said, “the government and people of Pakistan stand by their Iraqi brethren in this difficult time.”


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