Islamabad, 26 March 2020 – Mudasser Chudhary:
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has emphasized on a joint strategy at regional level to effectively deal with coronavirus pandemic.
In a telephonic conversation with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Tandi Dorji on Thursday, he said Pakistan desires for holding a video conference of SAARC health ministers for a comprehensive consultation on the issue among the regional countries.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has suggested for restructuring of the loans of developing countries as they have to face economic difficulties while confronting the global challenge of coronavirus.
The Bhutanese Foreign Minister endorsed Pakistan’s proposal of holding a video conference of the SAARC health ministers. He also lauded Pakistan’s efforts for restructuring of the loans of developing countries.
Both the Foreign Ministers emphasized that SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund should be established under the leadership of SAARC Secretary General keeping in view the global challenge of the pandemic, and rules and regulations about the fund should be immediately formulated through mutual consultation.
They also decided to stay in contact on the issue.