Qureshi, Mubarak discuss Iran, Iraq and Indo-Pak talks
Egypt and Pakistan today discussed the Iranian nuclear issue and the conflagration in Afghanistan and Iraq, besides the resumption of Indo-Pak talks as Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.world Updated: May 23, 2010 20:11 IST
Egypt and Pakistan on Sunday discussed the Iranian nuclear issue and the conflagration in Afghanistan and Iraq, besides the resumption of Indo-Pak talks as Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.
Visiting Pakistani Minister Qureshi said his meeting with Mubarak focused on bilateral relations and regional developments and was 'very good'.
Qureshi said the meeting touched several issues and was topped by the Iranian nuclear issue and the situation in Iraq.
"We exchanged viewpoints on the situation in Afghanistan and I listened to Mubarak's vision and evaluation of the situation," the minister said.
Qureshi also said he posted Mubarak on Pakistan's stance towards relations with India, and added that his country is keen on resuming dialogue between the two nations.
Boosting bilateral trade was also high on the agenda of Qureshi, who discussed the issue with Mubarak.
The meeting touched on means of promoting economic relations between Egypt and Pakistan to go on a par with the excellent political ties, the minister said.
Qureshi stressed the importance of expanding the horizon of economic and trade cooperation and promoting joint investments.
The annual volume of trade between Egypt and Pakistan currently stands at $ 4 million.
The minister said the developments in Iraq were also on the table, as both sides discussed the outcome of the Iraqi elections and talks to form the new government.
Pakistan is keen on promoting relations with Iraq, and is currently working of opening a full-fledged diplomatic mission there, he added.
Earlier during talks with his counterpart Ahmed Abul Gheit, the two leaders agreed to establish a ministerial level committee to oversee bilateral trade," MENA news agency said.
The Pakistani minister also conveyed to the Egyptian leader greetings from Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Qureshi said he renewed an invitation to Mubarak to visit Pakistan.
First Published: May 23, 2010 20:08 IST