Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday met Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev in Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to discuss bilateral ties and thanked the central Asian country for continued support on the issue occupied Kashmir.
During the meeting, PM Imran also acknowledged the efforts of President Aliyev that had resulted in Azerbaijan voicing support for the people of occupied Kashmir at a meeting of a contact group of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation last year.
According to the Associated Press of Pakistan, PM Imran also briefed President Aliyev on the continuous human rights violations in occupied Kashmir by the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The premier told the Azerbaijani president of the “devastating impact of the Indian Government’s unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August 2019, which were accompanied by an inhumane lockdown which continues to date”.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had revoked the constitutional autonomy of occupied Kashmir on August 5 and imposed a military curfew in the area, sending in hundreds of thousands of troops to crush dissent and imprisoning thousands of ordinary citizens.
In his meeting with the Azerbaijan President, PM Imran reiterated Pakistan’s continued support for the central Asian country on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a territorial and ethnic conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts.
The two leaders also discussed the whole spectrum of bilateral relations that have been marked by mutual trust and support. Both leaders resolved to further deepen bilateral relation in all fields.
It was also agreed to maintain frequent bilateral exchanges, including at the highest level. During the meeting, President Aliyev also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Khan to visit his country.
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to UN at Geneva Ambassador Khalil Hashmi.
PM meets Singaporean counterpart, Turkish business magnate
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan also met his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the WEF being held in the Swiss city.
According to a tweet shared by the PM Office, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen economic ties between the two countries in the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Permanent Representative to UN at Geneva Ambassador Khalil Hashmi and senior officials.