Qureshi, Iraqi interior minister agree to enhance cooperation
Associated Press Of Pakistan
BAGHDAD, (Iraq) May 30 — Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Iraq’s Minister of Interior Othman Ali Farhood Moshir Al-Ghanimi Sunday agreed on the need to exchange delegations with a view to enhancing cooperation in security matters, counter narcotics and visa facilitation.
During a meeting, foreign minister Qureshi highlighted the professional expertise and commitment of Pakistan’s armed forces and law enforcement agencies in dealing effectively with the challenge of terrorism.
He said the two countries could benefit from cooperation in countering terrorism, in particular in sharing of expertise and intelligence and training and capacity building of their law enforcement agencies.
The Iraqi interior minister welcomed the suggestion.
Also spoke of terrorism as a great challenge for both 🇵🇰 and 🇮🇶 due to which our people have suffered immensely. Both Pakistan and Iraq have much to gain from the sharing of expertise in this area & law enforcement agencies can benefit from mutual capacity building/training. https://t.co/3sRxJpw2UR
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) May 29, 2021
Foreign minister Qureshi acknowledged the sacrifices made by Iraq in its successful fight against terrorism.
He also underscored strong religious and cultural affinities between the peoples of the two countries, adding that these bonds also provided significant opportunities for deeper bilateral cooperation in diverse areas.
In this regard, the foreign minister emphasized the need to enhance people to people linkages, in particular by promoting religious tourism between the two countries.
He said that facilitation of visas and improved services to Pakistani Zaireen could lead to enhanced bilateral trade, commerce and investment.
Agreeing with the foreign minister, the interior minister assured him of cooperation.
He also highlighted the need to enhance cooperation between the two countries in countering narcotics and drug control.