Talks lone way to resolve Pak, India issues: FM

PM Khan welcomed Modi election victory as a goodwill gesture

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ISLAMABAD

Foreign Minister Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday arrived in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah to attend the Council of Foreign Minister’s Meeting of 14th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The Foreign Minister was received at the Royal Terminal of King Abdul Aziz International Airport by senior official of Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jamal Nasir, Pakistan’s ambassador Raja Ali Ijaz and Counsel General Jeddah Gen (retd) Sheharyar Akbar Khan.

The Foreign Minister will attend the session today (Wednesday) to finalize the agenda for the OIC summit-level meeting to be held in Makkah on May 31st.

Earlier talking to reporters in Islamabad prior to his departure for Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Qureshi said the OIC session was very important to discuss the Middle East conflict and diffuse the situation through the proposed Peace Plan. He confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan would attend the summit, titled ‘Makkah Summit: Together for the Future”, hosted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on May 31st, aimed at developing a unified stance of Muslim leaders on rising tension in the Gulf.

At the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting, Qureshi said he would present the country’s stance on regional situation, particularly the ongoing tension relating to Iran and Middle East.

On the sidelines, Qureshi said he would hold meetings with his counterparts and the OIC Secretary General. A meeting of OIC Kashmir Contact Group is also expected to be held, where members would present their points of view, he added. The OIC’s official website announced Tuesday that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud would chair the 14th OIC’s summit-level meeting.

In an interview with a private news channel, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says dialogue is the only way forward to sort out all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India in the best interest of the region. He said Islamabad has only one stance which is maintenance of peace and stability in the region as war is not solution to any problem. Foreign Minister said Pulwama incident has nothing to do with Pakistan and now world community has also acknowledged this fact. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has welcomed Narendra Modi on election victory as a goodwill gesture.

Regarding his interaction with the Iranian Foreign Minister during his recent visit to Pakistan, he said his Iranian counterpart explained his country’s position and Pakistan also shared its concerns. He said that Pakistan never wants any escalation of tension and the region could not afford any war

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