Qureshi urges Danish counterpart to ease travel restrictions on Pakistanis

Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called upon his Danish counterpart on Sunday to ease travel restrictions placed on Pakistani citizens.

During a telephonic conversation with Jeppe Kofod, Qureshi said that the restrictions should be reviewed with regard to an improvement in the situation pertaining to security and the pandemic.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and the current situation in Afghanistan and vowed to further strengthen the existing ties between the two countries.

The minister apprised Kofod about the support provided by Pakistan for the safe evacuation of the staff of different embassies, international organisations and others.

The Danish minister thanked Qureshi for the country's support to evacuate Danish citizens from Kabul.

Qureshi, on the occasion, emphasised that Pakistan gives special importance to its ties with Denmark, and thanked Kofod for Denmark's continued support to Islamabad regarding the GSP Plus status.

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The foreign minister invited his Danish counterpart to visit Pakistan, which he said to ahve accepted with thanks. Reciprocating, Kofod also invited Qureshi to visit Denmark.

Earlier, it was reported that Pakistan has intensified lobbying in European countries against anti-Pakistan elements to neutralise influence of India regarding the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), rice brand and GSP scheme.

“Our ambassadors in EU countries and Brussels have enhanced their engagements with the host governments,” Pakistan Ambassador to Italy Jauhar Saleem had said while responding to a question regarding the EU parliament’s resolution against Pakistan.

In April this year, the European Parliament had adopted a resolution calling for a review of the GSP+ status granted to Pakistan in view of an increase in the use of blasphemy accusations in the country as well as rising number of online and offline attacks on journalists and civil society organisations.

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