ISLAMABAD: Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday he would be holding a number of bilateral meetings with counterparts and leaders of the United Nations in New York this week ahead of the UN General Assembly that will focus on boosting efforts to fight climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, with discussions on Afghanistan and Iran also expected.
As the coronavirus still rages amid an inequitable vaccine rollout, about a third of the 193 UN states are planning to again send videos, but presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers for the remainder are due to travel to the United States.
Qureshi said PM Khan would “deliver Pakistan’s policy address virtually.”
On Monday evening, Qureshi said Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers should understand that if they wanted recognition and assistance in rebuilding the war-battered country “they have to be more sensitive and more receptive to international opinion and norms.”
He said countries were watching to see how things evolved in Afghanistan before considering recognition: “I don’t think anyone is in a rush to recognize at this stage.”