FM Qureshi calls for de-escalating tension in Gulf region
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi emphasized the need to reduce instability in the Gulf region in order to guarantee peace, stability and security.
He was meeting Monday in Riyadh with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
He said Pakistan would support all peace efforts and provide every possible facilitation for constructive engagement among stakeholders.
The Foreign Minister underlined the need for all sides to exercise maximum caution, prevent any further escalation, seek to defuse tensions and find ways to engage constructively.
He said issues and disputes should be resolved peacefully through diplomatic means. He said the region’s situation will be risky if appropriate steps are not taken to reduce the tense situation. He also informed his counterpart of his contacts with regional foreign ministers about the tension overcoming situation.
He said it’s promising that Iran and the US have stated clearly in their official statements that they want to de-escalate the situation.
The Foreign Minister underlined the deep-rooted and multi-faceted fraternal links between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and the strategic relationship between the two countries was that in various dimensions.
As part of Prime Minister’s strategy, he emphasized the thrust of his diplomatic outreach that Pakistan would support all efforts aimed at preventing conflicts and resolving differences and disputes by political and diplomatic means.
The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the strategic importance of Saudi-Pakistan ties and the commitment to deepen mutual cooperation in all fields. The Saudi Foreign Minister welcomed the visit of the Foreign Minister and Pakistan’s support for efforts to defuse tensions, maintain peace and security, and help find a diplomatic way forward, in the regional context.
The two sides agreed to remain engaged and to consult closely with the region and beyond on issues affecting peace and security.
He also praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s role in maintaining peace and stability in the Gulf for his peace efforts.
After finishing his one-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi then left for Oman.
He was seen-off at the Airport by Saudi Foreign Ministry’s DG Protocol Abdullah M. Rashid. At the airport were Pakistani Abassador Raja Ali Ijaz and other senior Pakistan Embassy officials present.
In Oman, the Foreign Minister will express condolence to the Royal Family over Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said’s sad demise.