Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan agree to combat Islamophobia during trilateral meeting

The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan during the second round of their trilateral conference on Jan 13, 2021. (Foreign Office of Pakistan)
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Updated 13 January 2021

Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan agree to combat Islamophobia during trilateral meeting

  • The foreign ministers of the three Muslim countries seek peaceful and just settlement of the Kashmir and Cyprus disputes
  • The trilateral summit discusses the possibility of strengthening regional connectivity for greater trade and investment 

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan agreed to collectively combat Islamophobia and persecution of Muslim minorities in different parts of the world during the second round of their trilateral conference on Wednesday.

The first round of the trilateral meeting was held in Baku in November 2017.


According to an official handout circulated by the foreign office of Pakistan, the foreign ministers of the three states also decided to strengthen cooperation in peace and security by combating terrorism in all forms and manifestations. 

They agreed to work for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolution and support a just, sustainable and realistic resolution to the Cyprus issue. 

The foreign ministers called for a normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, saying it was important to recognize the territorial integrity of the latter. They also agreed to promote cooperation in the fields of defense and security through regular exchange of delegations and pledged to share best practices and emerging technologies. 

Other than that, the trilateral conference focused trade and investment and encouraged the relevant ministries of the three countries to develop a robust action plan with concrete recommendations regarding the reduction of duties, tariff and non-tariff barriers, and transportation costs. They also agreed to improve coordination among their banking sectors and protect mutual investments. 

The summit agreed to enhance regional connectivity, people-to-people contacts and develop synergies in the fields of education, tourism and information technology. 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met Prime Minister Imran Khan later in the day.

Khan thanked Turkey for its steadfast support on the Kashmir dispute and highlighted the situation in the disputed Himalayan territory. 

In the regional context, the prime minister underscored the importance Pakistan attached to a peaceful solution of the conflict in Afghanistan, and discussed Islamabad’s positive contribution to Afghanistan’s ongoing peace process. 

Khan also said it was imperative for all Afghan stakeholders to bring down violence, move toward a ceasefire and do their best to secure an inclusive and broad-based political settlement in their country. 


Pakistan announces all incoming foreign travelers being tested for COVID-19 at airports 

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Pakistan announces all incoming foreign travelers being tested for COVID-19 at airports 

  • Travelers especially from the UK and South Africa to face mandatory testing upon arrival in Pakistan
  • Those who test positive would be quarantined, National Command and Operation Center says

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), the Pakistani government’s central body dealing with the pandemic, said on Monday all foreign travelers to Pakistan were now being tested at airports to stem the spread of the coronavirus as Pakistan battles a second wave of the disease. 

Pakistan has reported 534,041 COVID-19 cases so far, and 11,318 deaths.

“All foreign travelers especially from UK and South Africa were being tested at the airports,” the NCOC said in a statement. “Those tested positive for coronavirus were being quarantined.”

It added: “The government would keep the record of vaccinated persons; even those who traveled from abroad would have to provide a legal document confirming that they had been vaccinated.”

Last month, Pakistan was among the countries across the globe that shut their borders to Britain on due to fears about a highly infectious new coronavirus strain. 

India, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Jordan and Hong Kong suspended travel for Britons after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a mutated variant of the virus had been identified in the country. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman closed their borders completely though some travel has resumed. 

Several other nations blocked travel from Britain over the weekend, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Belgium and Canada. France shut its border to arrivals of people and trucks from Britain, closing off one of the most important trade arteries with mainland Europe.