“The world needs unity and a sense of purpose to triumph against COVID-19 today,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says.
In a virtual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Council of Foreign Ministers on Wednesday, Qureshi urged the international community to join forces, technologically and in other ways, to fight the deadly pandemic.
“In context of COVID-19, there should be no discrimination from any segment of the society on religious, racial or ethnic grounds,” he said, emphasising that no community should be stigmatised or targeted.
Qureshi said that it was important for countries to learn from each other and share best practices, for which their health ministries should be in touch frequently.
“SCO countries should exchange views and perspectives on supporting the economically vulnerable sections of the society,” the minister said.
In this regard, Pakistan has suggested development of an SCO joint working group on poverty alleviation and centre of excellence. The minister said that it “merits consideration”.
“Finally, we should enhance cooperation between our hospitals and laboratories and work on formalising the SCO Hospital Alliance,” the minister added.
He concluded that the world should develop mechanisms for pooling scientific and technical resources for joint research on a vaccine and possible cure for the coronavirus.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an inter-governmental organization founded in Shanghai. Pakistan became its full member June 9. 2017.
The organisation ensures security and maintains stability across the Eurasian region. It also works to counteract challenges and threats, and enhance trade, as well as cultural and humanitarian cooperation.