ISLAMABAD - Assistant Minister of State of Palestine for Asia, Africa and Australia Dr Mazen MA Shamiya visited Islamabad this week for talks , a foreign ministry statement said on Wednesday.

During his visit – from November 27-28th – Dr Shamiya called on Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and also held a meeting with the Special Secretary Middle East Aitzaz Ahmed, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The visit was a follow up of the visit of president of Palestine to Pakistan early this year, said the statement.

During the visit, the foreign secretary assured Dr Shamiya of Pakistan’s continued support for Palestine cause.

Dr Shamiya thanked the Government of Pakistan for consistently supporting the Palestinian cause, said the statement.

The Palestinian assistant minister of state and his accompanying delegation discussed with the special secretary, bilateral, political, economic and cultural relations.  The two sides agreed to expedite finalisation of various agreements in order to increase cooperation in diverse fields. Views were also exchanged on regional and international issues. Dr Shamiya was briefed on Pakistan’s relations with India, including the situation of human rights in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, the statement said.

He delivered a talk on “Formation of National Unity Government and Future of Peace in Palestine” at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad.  Dr Shamiya also visited the Foreign Service Academy where he called on Iftikhar Aziz, director general of the academy.