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14 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

‘Pakistan wants legal migration of skilled labor to Scandinavian countries’

Hina Khar says countries should sit, find solutions in age of growing problems; Pakistan’s interest is in having balanced and good relations with all

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar underlined the need for the world community to work together to find out solutions to the growing problems like climate change and refugees.

In an interview with the Voice of America’s Urdu service, she said that Pakistan had close contacts with the Western world, including the institutional linkages, whether it were with the US or the Europe Union. But at the same time, Pakistan also enjoyed close strategic ties with China spanning over decades, she said.

Replying to question regarding US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent visit to China, she said Pakistan has good relations with both – China and the US. “It is every sovereign country’s right to pursue its rights, our interest is in having balanced and good relations with all the countries,” she said.

She said that if the atmosphere of competition was intensified in the world, it would be a very good example for other countries how to preserve such like relationship and actually encourage them. “We all, including Pakistan, US, Europe, China or India, have to sit together to find out solution to these issues. With different blocks, these problems cannot be resolved.”

‘Pakistan would always look positively to bilateral ties between sovereign countries and would not look negatively’

About Indian prime minister’s visit to the US, Hina Khar said that Pakistan would always look positively to bilateral ties between sovereign countries and would not look negatively. “There is no need to look anything negatively,” she said. But on the other hand, she maintained Pakistan had a very belligerent neighbor who indulged into military adventurism by sending jets during 2019 which was unprecedented and unthinkable.

She said the world must look into this factor as well whether those being propagated for their role in the regional security deserved it. “The world have to see whether there was conflict preservation instead conflict resolution due to India, then it did not augur well for the region. We hope that nothing would go wrong for the region and Pakistan.”

About ties with Europe, she said GSP Plus status only could not define Pakistan’s relations with Europeans as their bilateral engagements were wider and broader at all levels, including the business contacts, institutional linkages, IT sector growth etc. She said the GSP Plus not only benefited Pakistan, but also enhanced EU’s trade with Pakistan.

She said that Pakistan and the EU countries were engaged at different multilateral fora. The state minister further stressed that such relations should not be looked merely through the GSP Plus lens but in fact, their interactions were much broader.

Scandinavian countries had aging population and required young population for different sectors.
Scandinavian countries had aging population and required young population for different sectors.

About her recent visits to different Scandinavian countries, Hina Khar elaborated that certain countries had the aging population and they required young population for different sectors. She said that opening of legal migration of skilled labor to these countries was their big objective as Pakistan and these countries did not want to promote illegal migration.

Scandinavia is a sub-region in Northern Europe, with strong historical, cultural, and linguistic ties between its constituent peoples. Scandinavia most commonly refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. In English usage, it can sometimes refer more narrowly to the Scandinavian Peninsula – which excludes Denmark but includes part of Finland, or more broadly to all of the Nordic countries, including Finland, Iceland, and Faroe Islands.

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