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COVID-19 severely hit poor and developing countries: Prime Minister Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan said on Friday that Asia-Pacific countries should settle their differences for peace, security and economic prosperity in the region.

He was speaking virtually at the Conference on the Future of Asia under the theme Shaping the Post-Covid Era: Asia’s Role in Global Recovery this morning.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely damaged poor and developing countries, but that we should keep our economies open for rapid recovery.

He said that we cannot progress economically if we do not resolve the disputes in the region.

Imran Khan said his suggestions for economic recovery are now recognized and a consensus has emerged. He stressed the need to improve the production of COVID vaccines.

“The pandemic has severely affected poor countries,” the Prime Minister said and urged the world to help poor countries strengthen their economies.

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Prime Minister Khan hailed the suspension of debt service by G-20 countries amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Regarding Kashmir, he urged the international community to take action against the atrocities committed by the occupying forces in the illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine.

Imran Khan said India will have to end human rights violations in occupied territory and should reverse illegal actions taken on August 5, 2019 to resume dialogue.

He said the Kashmir dispute can be resolved through the implementation of UN resolutions.