IoK’s alarming situation: Qureshi to sensitize Pompeo, Guterres, Tijjani today

Foreign Minister will highlight Pakistan’s role to support the Afghan peace

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will brief his interlocutors on the prevailing situation in IOJ&K, especially the prolonged sufferings of the Kashmiris caused by India’s unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August 2019. FM Qureshi will also highlight Pakistan’s role and continued resolve to support the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. FM Qureshi arrives in US today for meetings with top officials
During his three day stay, Foreign Minister will meet with the leadership of the United Nations (UN), as the Security Council of the international body convenes to discuss the alarming situation in Indian occupied Kashmir. The foreign minister will leave for Washington on January 16, where he will meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien and other senior Administration officials. Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also have meetings on the Capitol Hill, besides engagements with the media, think tank community and the Pakistani Diaspora.
In the official talks, the Fm Qureshi will focus on Pakistan’s diplomatic outreach, which has been undertaken on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the wake of the recent tensions in the Middle East/Gulf Region. The objective is to support efforts for de-escalation and resolution of differences and disputes through political and diplomatic means. The Foreign Minister’s visit to the U.S. is part of these endeavours, said FO.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while reviewing full spectrum of bilateral relationship, will underscore the value Pakistan attaches to a broad-based, long-term and enduring partnership with the U.S in line with the vision of the leaders of the two countries.
At a regular briefing, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric confirmed the UN chief’s meeting with the foreign minister, saying it was taking place at Pakistan’s request. In response to a question, the spokesperson said Guterres had been advocating dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve outstanding problems and that any solution should take into account the human rights situation in Kashmir.
The foreign minister will then travel to Washington where he will meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brian and other senior US administration officials. He will also have meetings on the Capitol Hill, besides engagements with the media, policy think tanks and the Pakistani diaspora.
Qureshi’s visit to United States comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran after the former killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad. Iran retaliated by targeting a US troops base in Iraq.
The foreign minister, in his talks with the US leadership, will focus on Pakistan’s diplomatic outreach, which has been undertaken on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, in the wake of the recent tensions in the Middle East. Qureshi has already visited Iran and Saudi Arabia, where he met the two countries’ leaders in an effort to ease tensions in the region after a US airstrike killed Soleimani.
The foreign minister embarked on the mission as tensions mounted across the Middle East following the 62-year-old general’s death in Iraq and Iran’s admission that it shot down an airliner by mistake, killing 176 people on board. Recent developments seriously endanger peace and security in an already volatile region and underscore the need for immediate and collective efforts for a peaceful resolution, the foreign office said as Qureshi left for Tehran on the first leg of his trip.

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