ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday arrived in Baghdad on a three-day official visit to Iraq.
During the visit, the foreign minister will hold detailed discussions on bilateral cooperation with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein.
He will also review cooperation between the two countries in multilateral organizations, in particular the United Nations, its subsidiary organizations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The foreign minister will also exchange views on problems concerning Muslim Ummah, as well as global and regional issues of mutual interest.
Foreign Minister Qureshi will also call on the leadership of Iraq and confer with senior Iraqi Ministers on bilateral matters pertaining to respective areas of cooperation, in particular the issues pertaining to the management and well-being of thousands of Pakistani Zaireen visiting sacred sites in Iraq every year.
Pakistan and Iraq enjoy long-standing fraternal ties rooted in shared faith, values and culture. The bilateral relations benefit from shared understanding and similarity of views on a number of regional and global issues.
The two countries continue to collaborate closely to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. In addition to growing bilateral political and defense ties, the two countries recently signed an agreement on cooperation between their Foreign Service Academies (April 2021). Thousands of Pakistani Zaireen visit Iraq every year with religious zeal and fervor, said Foreign Office in a statement.
The visit of Foreign Minister Qureshi comes in the backdrop of a number of Ministerial-level visits from both sides in the past few months, which signify the importance accorded by both countries to augmenting bilateral relationships for mutual benefit.
The visit is expected to add further momentum to the positive trajectory of brotherly ties between Pakistan and Iraq.