Pak committed to defusing Mideast escalation: FM Qureshi


FM Qureshi to leave for Tehran, Riyadh, Washington tomorrow


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan will be visiting Iran tomorrow (Monday) to defuse tensions in the Middle East. After Iran, the foreign minister will land in Saudi Arabia on January 13 and then he will leave for Washington on January 15.


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday had directed Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia, United States and meet with respective foreign ministers, Secretary of State.


Amid escalating tensions between the United States and Tehran following the assassination of a top Iranian general, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday made a telephone call to his Bahraini counterpart to discuss regional peace.


During the telephonic conversation with Bahrain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, FM Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s deep concern over the recent developments and underscored the imperative of avoidance of conflict, the exercise of maximum restraint and de-escalation of tensions.


Foreign Minister for Bahrain lauded Pakistan’s efforts regional peace and stability and appreciated its neutral role in the conflict. Both dignitaries emphasised on the need for collaborative efforts needed to tackle challenges faced by Muslim countries in the world and regional turmoil.


Iranian Envoy   Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini on Friday called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The meeting which took place at the chamber of the FM at the Parliament House, discussed US-Iran tensions and over all security situation of the region.


Speaking on the occasion, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said increasing tension in the region is not in favour of any country and added that Pakistan is committed to play its role to defuse the tensions.

The FM said, he is in contact with his counterparts in the region and on the directions of PM Imran Khan he is set to visit Iran and other important countries. Qureshi extended his well wishes to Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini for assuming charge of his office.


He also pinned hoped that relations between both the brotherly Islamic States will further deepen during Hooeeini’s tenure as an envoy to Pakistan. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday has discussed escalating Iran-United States (US) hostility with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Ali al-Hakim. In a telephonic conversation, FM Qureshi expressed concerns on increasing tensions in the region and urged to resolve the matter in the light of international law.

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