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Pakistan welcomes timely discussions on global food security issue, says FM

Pakistan welcomes timely discussions on global food security issue, says FM
May 20, 2022 Web Desk

NEW YORK (92 News) - Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Pakistan has welcomed timely discussions on global food security issue.

Addressing the Open Debate of UNSC in connection with "Conflict and Food Security” under agenda item "Maintenance of International Peace and Security” in New York, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has urged the United Nations and International Community to play a leading role to address root causes of food insecurity and conflicts in the world. “The world is constantly facing problems such as climate change, poverty, hunger and malnutrition. These issues have immensely affected the global development and increased poverty and hunger during last thirty years.”

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the United Nation was founded 76 years ago to resolve conflicts, to end wars, to make peace, to battle hunger and poverty, and desperations and the world body must act as it is its mandate.

“Pakistan welcomes timely discussions on global food security issue. This initiative will go a long way in addressing the immediate crisis of food security, and the leadership behind such humanitarian efforts must be appreciated. The ‘Call to Action’ will help ramping up food production, to keep supply chains open and address blockages. Pakistan looks forward to playing its active part in this bold 'call to action',” he added.

The Foreign Minister said that although the world has progressed in promoting prosperity, but the systemic causes of conflict and poverty have yet to be overcome and inequality and insecurity are the hallmarks of our era. “Coronavirus pandemic, economic recession, spiraling prices and the escalating impacts of climate change have reversed global growth. With rising great power rivalries, political dialogue freezes frequently.”

Talking about humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister said that 95 percent of the people of the country are under the threat of poverty as a direct result of conflict. He said that the war-hit country needs the special attention of international community to resolve its problems. He said Pakistan realizes that only dialogue and diplomacy are only way to end disputes. “Our continent is sinking and planet is under threat and it is not a time to raise conflicts in the world. We appeal the United Nations to deploy dialogue and diplomacy in the pursuit of peace before and not after the next great-war.”

While highlighting the issues of occupied territories, Bilawal Bhutto said that the people in Palestine and Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are constantly imprisoned by perpetual conflict.

“The actions of the 05 of August 2019 and the 05 of May 2022 by India in IIOJK are not only an assault on the people of Kashmir, but are an assault on the United Nations and Security Council, and its resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Muslim majority of Kashmir is being turned into a minority in their own land and in their own homes which leads the youth of Kashmir to question that who will resolve this conflict and who will deliver the peace they were promised,” he maintained.