13 April 2018

Note to Correspondents: United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča completes visit to Pakistan

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča completed his visit to Pakistan on 13 April. He held meetings with Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua and Special Secretary Ms. Tasnim Aslam, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 12 April. He also met with representatives of the diplomatic community and members of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT). 

Mr. Jenča underlined in his conversations in Islamabad that Pakistan’s commitment to fostering multilateralism and cooperation is important for peace and stability in the region and beyond. He welcomed the decision of Pakistan and Afghanistan to increase cooperation through the implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). Mr. Jenča underscored the importance of this positive momentum for the further advancement of the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. He also commended Pakistan’s generosity in hosting refugees from Afghanistan and other countries.

Mr. Jenča reiterated that the Secretary-General is concerned about the heightening tensions along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. He echoed the Secretary General’s calls for maximum restraint and efforts to de-escalate the situation. Any outstanding issues between the two countries should be addressed through peaceful means. 

Mr. Jenča welcomed Pakistan’s contribution to UN peacekeeping as one of leading troop-contributing countries, and thanked Pakistan for its close cooperation with UN Country Team. He appreciated Pakistan’s support for the UN reform initiatives launched by the Secretary-General.

During the visit, Mr. Jenča also participated at a medal parade of the UN Military Observation Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). The ceremony recognized the service of UN peacekeepers deployed to UNMOGIP.