A handout picture provided by the Iranian Presidency shows Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari meeting with the Iranian president in Tehran on June 14, 2022. (IRANIAN PRESIDENCY / AFP)
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has urged the international community to look beyond the narrow political interests and geopolitical agenda to completely eradicate the menace of terrorism.
Highlighting the contribution made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Pakistan was one of the worst-hit victims of terrorism with over 80,000 causalities and economic losses exceeding US$150 billion
In his virtual address here during the United Nations Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism held at the UN headquarters in New York, Zardari urged on Thursday the international community to make protection and promotion of the rights of victims of terrorism a basic tenet of global efforts to promote peace and security, the Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement.
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Zardari emphasized that terrorism could only be eradicated by addressing its root causes and stressed the need to develop a consensus definition of terrorism by taking into account new and emerging threats.
Highlighting the contribution made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, the foreign minister said that Pakistan was one of the worst-hit victims of terrorism with over 80,000 causalities and economic losses exceeding US$150 billion.
He called on the international community to develop a victim-centric approach while addressing the challenges faced in conflict zones.
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The foreign minister also noted the urgent need for continuing international cooperation to fight this global problem without any prejudice or preconceived notions against any particular religion, race, civilization or country.