Bilawal, “Buoyant,” Requests India Open the Door to Serious Conversation

On Friday, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari emphasized the need to give peace a chance and placed the responsibility for creating a “conducive environment for talks” on India.

He stated explicitly that New Delhi’s move to revoke special status for occupied Kashmir had harmed the dialogue between the two countries.

Additionally, he mentioned the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a potential hub for advancing the idea of Eurasian interconnection. The minister gave the keynote presentation, and he reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering support for the system.

Having him in Goa for the CFM was “the most powerful indication of the importance that Pakistan attaches to the SCO,” he said.

The foreign minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the ‘Shanghai Spirit’ and its emphasis on mutual trust and shared development. Pakistan is committed to the original ‘Shanghai Spirit’ and its mutual trust and shared growth concepts.

Foreign Minister Bilawal echoed this warning, adding, “The climate crisis poses an existential threat to humanity.”

There is an extreme and compelling case for deeper collaboration for poverty alleviation under the SCO, he stated about the widespread poverty in the region. He argued that Pakistan’s proposed Special Working Group on Poverty Alleviation would be a positive move in the right direction.

Rather than weaponizing terrorism for diplomatic score-scoring, the Pakistani minister asked everyone to work together to eliminate the threat. Together, we are responsible for our people’s safety.

He then discussed Pakistan’s place in the international climate change debate, noting that Pakistan had become an influential voice in the wake of the natural disaster.

The necessity of a stable Afghanistan was again emphasized.

The foreign ministers’ meeting between the two countries began with Indian minister S. Jaishankar formally welcoming his Pakistani counterpart to Goa.

Pakistan’s Stance on the Kashmir Issue

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Pakistan’s policy on Kashmir has not changed, notwithstanding the damage to bilateral relations caused by India’s unilateral decision on the valley.

According to Mr. Bhutto-Zardari, Pakistan’s position on Kashmir has always been crystal clear and unwavering. Pakistan wants to improve ties with India, and both populations are eager for calmer times.

He was also critical of India’s decision not to issue visas to Pakistan’s blind cricket team, saying that cricket shouldn’t be involved in international diplomacy issues.

Foreign minister meetings

During a conference of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto moved diplomatically on the international stage. Foreign ministers from China, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan were among those who met with the young politician.

Conferencing with Qin Gang, Foreign Minister of China

During his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, he and Qin discussed ways their countries could work together. Mr. Bhutto-Zardari reaffirmed the close relationship between Pakistan and China, adding that the two countries are “brothers” that will continue cooperating for their people’s happiness and security.

Talks with the foreign minister of Kyrgyzstan

Meanwhile, he met with the Kyrgyz foreign minister, Zheenbek Kulubaev, to discuss ways to boost commercial ties and improve regional transport. The two heads of state talked on various topics of common interest.

Talks with Kazakhstan’s foreign minister

Mr. Bhutto-Zardari also met with Kazakhstan’s foreign minister, Murat Nurtleu. The two heads of state talked shop and brainstormed ways to strengthen regional trade and communication.

Pakistan’s determination to bolster its relations with its neighbors and explore prospects for collaboration in various fields was dis displaying in Mr. Bhutto-Zardari’s discussions with the foreign ministers of China, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.