Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who was greeted with a namaste by Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, said welcoming each other in this way was a “civilized” way.
“In Sindh, we welcome each other like this,” said the foreign minister, who was in Goa to attend the two-day meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Jaishankar also greeted other foreign ministers, including China’s Qin Gang, with a namaste upon their arrival at the site and there was no handshake.
“Dr S Jaishankar never made me feel that our bilateral ties affected our involvement in the SCO FM meeting,” said Bilawalwho is also the chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
The meeting between the foreign ministers started on Thursday evening at the Taj Exotica Resort. The reception was hosted by Jaishankar, while the main deliberations took place on Friday (today).
During his speech at the summit, Bilawal talked about several important issues including the special status of illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir by India, terrorism, the security of Afghanistan, China’s role in bridging differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran etc. .
He warned member states of the SCO against “arming terrorism for diplomatic scoring” without mentioning India, as Jaishankar had said – ahead of Bilawal’s speech – that the threat of terrorism remains unabated, adding that renouncing this threat harmful to security interests. from everyone.
“The collective security of our peoples is our collective responsibility. Terrorism continues to threaten global security. Let’s not get caught up in weaponizing terrorism to score diplomatic points,” Bilawal said.
The foreign minister stressed that the idea of eradicating this threat requires not only a “comprehensive approach but also a collective approach”.
He said root causes need to be addressed, as well as threats emanating from specific groups.
“It requires that we let this challenge unite us to fight it rather than divide us to fall victim to it. Our success requires that we isolate this issue from geopolitical partisanship,” he continued, adding that there are practical, pragmatic solutions for us to end this chapter once and for all.
“We must stop confusing non-state actors with state actors. Condemn all forms of terrorism, including state-sponsored terrorism,” he stressed.
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