UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Pakistan on February 16

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Pakistan on February 16

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Pakistan from February 16 to February 19 to attend an international conference on Afghan refugees' completion of 40 years in Pakistan.

According to a statement issued by Foreign Office spokeswoman Aysha Farooqi, "the Secretary-General will attend the international conference and address the key to a new one-sided partnership on the completion of 40 years of hosting Afghan refugees in Pakistan." ۔

According to the statement, Antonio Gottres will visit the President and the Prime Minister, in addition to Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

He said that other engagements of the UN Secretary-General include meetings with members of parliament, the media and youth and they will hold special talks on issues of sustainable development, climate change and peace.

Talking about the details of the visit of the Secretary-General of the UN, the Foreign Office said that the Secretary-General would visit Lahore and also travel to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

"On the occasion of the visit, our leadership will inform the Secretary-General of the United Nations about all aspects of Jammu and Kashmir," the Foreign Office said.

In his statement, he said that Antonio Guterres's visit is a recognition of Pakistan's contribution to the UN's efforts to promote world peace and stability, and especially to the service of the Pakistan Army's troops in the UN peacekeeping mission.

The Foreign Office says that Pakistan's participation in the international conference of the UN Secretary-General has acknowledged the hosting of Afghan refugees over the past four decades, exemplary cooperation, sympathy and efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Reiterating the UN's commitment to cooperation, the statement said: "Pakistan is a passionate supporter of the United Nations and has contributed significantly to the pursuit of sustainable development, peace and stability in the world".

Earlier, an official statement said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres would attend the two-day international conference on February 17 and February 18 in connection with the 40-year completion of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

The Foreign Office said in its statement that the conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan and will be attended by representatives from 20 countries.

Sources in New York said that since the UN Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) is the co-host of the conference, the UN Secretary-General and other key officials will also attend.

He said that besides the UN, multilateral development banks, international refugee organizations and large NGOs would send their representatives to attend the conference.

Diplomatic observers in Washington say UN Secretary-General will arrive in Islamabad at a time when occupied Kashmir faces a major humanitarian and security crisis.

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