Gulf tensions threaten peace, world economy: FM

Qureshi urges UK to play its role in resolution of Kashmir issue

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ISLAMABAD
Highlighting grave human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Quresh on Wednesday urged the United Kingdom to play its role in peaceful resolution of the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
In a telephonic conversations with the with British Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab, FM Qureshi briefed him on the evolving security situation of the region and shared Pakistan’s concerns with regard to the latest developments in the Middle East, which carried serious implications for the peace and security as well as world economy.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, a wide range of regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest were discussed in the telephonic conversation. The foreign minister emphasized the importance of maximum restraint and steps for de-escalation by all sides. He also apprised of Pakistan’s efforts to defuse tensions in the region through active diplomatic engagement with relevant parties.
FM Qureshi briefed his British counterpart on Pakistan’s efforts in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He invited Foreign Secretary Raab to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience. The British foreign secretary appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to support defusion of tensions and secure peace and security in the region.
He also highlighted the positive trajectory of Pak-UK relations and expressed hope that these will continue to strengthen in the years ahead, read the statement. The two foreign ministers agreed to continue to work together to strengthen bilateral cooperation and to ensure peace and security of the region.
Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasized the importance of maximum restraint and steps for de-escalation by all sides in the Middle East. He said that situation in Gulf region carries serious implications for the peace and security as well as world economy.
He also apprised the British foreign secretary about evolving security situation of the region and shared Pakistan s concerns with regard to the latest developments in the Middle East. Qureshi also apprised of Pakistan’s efforts to defuse tensions in the region through active diplomatic engagement with relevant parties.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi also highlighted grave human rights and humanitarian situation in IOJ&K, and urged UK to play its role in peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Shah Mahmood Qureshi also briefed his British counterpart on Pakistan s efforts in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The Foreign Minister invited Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.
British Foreign Secretary appreciated Pakistan s efforts to support diffusion of tensions and secure peace and security in the region. He also highlighted the positive trajectory of Pak-UK relations and expressed hope that these will continue to strengthen in the years ahead. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to continue to work together to strengthen bilateral cooperation and to ensure peace and security of the region.
Foreign Minister Qureshi said that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has raised important issues during meeting with United States of America president Donald Trump. In a statement, the minister said that President Trump has assured to visit Pakistan soon to strengthen mutual ties. Trump has also expressed concerns over the escalating unrest in Indian-occupied Kashmir, he added. FM Qureshi further told that Pakistan has also discussed Financial Action Task Force (FATF) matter with the US president. .

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