A top Pakistani diplomat today travelled to Belgium to seek the European nation’s support for Islamabad’s bid to get membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
The Prime Minister’s special envoy Syed Tariq Fatemi met Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary-General Dirk Achten, Foreign Office said.
In addition to exchange of views on bilateral relations, the special envoy briefed his interlocutors about Pakistan’s application for membership of the elite nuclear club and sought Belgium’s support in this regard, it said.
“Presenting Pakistan’s point of view, the Special Envoy reiterated that Pakistan’s application for the NSG was based on solid grounds of technical experience, capability and commitment to nuclear safety and security,” it said.
He emphasised the need for adopting a non-discriminatory and objective approach while considering membership applications for NSG, as this issue directly impacted the strategic stability in South Asia as well as the future of the global non-proliferation regime, it added.
The Belgian side was also apprised about the current situation in Kashmir, the FO said in a statement.
The special envoy voiced Pakistan’s deep concern about the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.
He asked the international community to play its role in urging India to respect the basic rights of the people of the Kashmir to ensure their right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the statement added.