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Bilawal meets UN chief, discusses Kashmir dispute

Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres here on Wednesday and emphasized that Islamabad desires peace with all its neighbors, including India, which will continue to remain elusive unless the Jammu and Kashmir issue is resolved.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Zardari, in his meeting with the UN chief, “underscored that Pakistan desires peace with all its neighbors, including India, which will continue to remain elusive” unless the Jammu and Kashmir issue is “resolved in accordance with the UN Security resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.” Zardari also referred to the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 outraged Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

During his meeting with Guterres, Zardari also “appreciated” the Secretary General’s role in “mobilizing humanitarian and economic assistance for the Afghan people.

The Foreign Minister shared Pakistan’s concern about the spillover of instability in Afghanistan into Pakistan. He emphasized the international community’s response must address the urgent humanitarian needs and avoid a complete collapse of the economy in Afghanistan that will have dire consequences for ordinary Afghans.”

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