Volkan Bozkir, the President-elect of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly stressed for a peaceful solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute – obviously, to have peace and security in the region, offering to mediate between arch-rivals Pakistan and India.
Mr Bozkir the first Turkish citizen to be elected as UNGA president, said “Resolving dispute over Jammu and Kashmir is the key to a sustainable peace in South Asia. Regional security should be maintained through regional and diplomatic solutions,” after his meetings with PM Imran and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on his third overseas trip to Pakistan.
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He He HHe also expressed his purposes of visiting Pakistan, saying that he wanted to understand the country’s position on Kashmir instead of relying on official notes. He also underscored that he was restrained in his remarks by the impartiality PGA rule that he had to observe, noting that he is a “Turkish citizen and brother of Pakistan in that respect.”
Mr Qureshi added that it was his desire to have a debate on Kashmir in the UNGA, saying that the General Assembly represented the “pulse of the world” and the “view of the comity of the nations,” and do “whatever possible to collect other countries to present to PGA the need for a discussion on Jammu and Kashmir in UNGA.”
Prime Minister Khan also asked Mr Bozkir to prioritize the issues of debt relief that developing countries are facing, in the UNGA agenda for the coming 75th session, along with Islamophobia, climate change, and combating illicit financial flows.
In response, Mr Bozkir, in his press conference, said that the priorities proposed by the Pakistan government for the next session are very much aligned.
Talking about his agenda, he said he was taking over at the “historic occasion” of 75th anniversy, therefore, he added, it is the right time to reaffirm our commitment to multilateralism.
He also expressed the hope that the UNGA would meet next month without restrictions for both – participating leaders and representatives – unless the Covid-19 situation will change in a big way in September.
Mr Bozkir’s visit also become beneficial for a Pakistani diplomat Farrukh Iqbal Khan, as he is appointed as his deputy chief of cabinet.