FM Qureshi talks to British counterpart, discuss joint efforts on coronavirus


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday spoke to his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, via telephone to discuss the two countries’ joint efforts to combat coronavirus. 

FM Qureshi congratulated Raab over UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recovery from the coronavirus and subsequent discharge from the hospital after receiving treatment for the virus. 

Pakistan has sent back over 7,500 Britons via special flights and will repatriate others in the coming days, said the foreign minister. 

Raab thanked the Pakistan government for repatriating Britons and requested approval of further chartered flights to bring back UK citizens.

FM Qureshi said that the pandemic was indeed a challenge for the globe, but developing countries were facing hardships in tackling the coronavirus.

Voicing Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion related to the debt obligations of the developing countries, he requested his counterpart to discuss the suggestion in the upcoming G20 summit.

The British foreign minister welcomed the suggestion.

Both foreign ministers agreed to continue consultations to effectively deal with the coronavirus crisis.

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