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UNGA president-elect’s Pakistan trip postponed over ‘technical flight problems’

Photo credit: BOZKIR'S TWITTER HANDLE

President-elect of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir on Sunday said that he would visit Pakistan soon as his scheduled trip has got cancelled due to “some technical flight problems”.

 

“We had to postpone my visit to Pakistan, originally scheduled for 26-27 July, upon invitation by HE Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, due to some technical flight problems,” Bozkir wrote on twitter handle.

In the next tweet that Bozkir said that he is hoping to visit Pakistan in the “near future” and looking forward to a fruitful exchange with the Pakistani authorities.

Hours after his tweets, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi responded, to the tweet, saying he looks forward welcoming the elected UNGA president to Pakistan soon for a “constructive and fruitful visit”.

On June 23, 2020, Qureshi had announced that the newly elected president would arrive in Pakistan on July 27 he will brief the UNGA chief about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The newly elected UNGA president will hold a bilateral meeting with me,” Qureshi had said when he was planning to brief the UNGA’s designated president on the situation in JK.

Earlier this month, the Turkish diplomat was elected as the president of the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly amid the COVID outbreak.

“As the UNGA president-elect is coming here, I will present before him Pakistan’s position on Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, which is suffering the worst human rights situation,” the foreign minister said, as quoted by Pakistan based news website Nation.

Pertinently, ambassador Volkan Bozkir has been elected as the President of UNGA’s 75th session. Earlier, UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa visited Pakistan in Januray last year.

Reports said that in order to show the real situation on LoC, the Pakistan FM said that foreign media delegation was called in Chirikot Sector to update the international representatives about the reality.

“According to a statement issued by ISPR, the foreign journalists interacted with the victims of India’s continued ceasefire violations and witnessed the situation in Poonch sector, where the civilian population suffered frequent targeting by Indian side with heavy weapons, mortars and cluster ammunition,” Pakistan media quoted Qureshi as saying.

About the relations with Bangladesh, Qureshi said that by forgetting the earlier bitterness; Pakistan wants to maintain good bilateral ties with Bangladesh.

 

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