ISLAMABAD - UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D Feltman arrived here on Monday on a two-day visit and met separately with President Asif Ali Zardari as well as the foreign secretary and exchanged views on the matters of mutual interest.

The president, recalling the country’s consistent and constructive engagement with the United Nations since the independence, told the visiting UN dignitary Pakistan valued the United Nations as the most important multilateral institution. 

He expressed satisfaction that Pakistan had contributed positively to a host of issues, including international peace and security, development, human rights and climate change, at the UN forums.

He also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and security in the region and the world at large. He looked forward to a visit by the UN secretary general to Pakistan at a time of his convenience, the president said.

Feltman appreciated Pakistan’s active and positive role in the United Nations system. He particularly lauded Pakistan’s contribution to international peace and security as a leading country contributing troops to the UN peacekeeping operations.  During the visit, Feltman held detailed talks with the foreign secretary. Both the sides discussed a wide range of issues, including Pakistan’s priorities in the United Nations, role of Pakistan as a member of the UN Security Council, Pakistan’s collaboration with the UN in counter-terrorism efforts, peaceful settlement of disputes and the functions/operations of the United Nations. Regional and global political as well as security situation was also discussed.