ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed that Pakistan will remain committed to play an active and positive role for bringing peace in the region.
He stated this while talking to Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. He apprised Iranian President about Pakistan’s stance on the current situation.
The foreign minister made it clear that Pakistan will not be a part of any war in the region. He stressed need to resolve the issues by using diplomatic means to reduce tensions in the region.
He said Pakistan’s stance has remained that the region cannot afford further escalation.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi also apprised Iranian President about his recent contacts with foreign ministers of different countries for peace in the region. He said recent statements by Iran were encouraging.
Lauding Pakistan’s peace efforts, Iranian President made it clear that Iran did not want to escalate tensions.
The foreign minister thanked Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khomeini and the Iranian President on behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan for raising their voice against the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and supporting Pakistan’s stance in this regard.
He said Pakistan and Iran enjoyed deep, historical, religious, cultural and brotherly relations.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi would also visit Riyadh on Monday to hold talks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and consult on the issues of regional peace and stability.
On Jan 11, FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi had made telephone contact with his Iraqi and Bahraini counterparts who praised Pakistan’s efforts to de-escalate Middle East tensions and maintain peace.
Speaking with the representatives of Iraq and Bahrain, FM Qureshi had said Pakistan was concerned about the region’s rising tensions. “This [Mideast] region can afford no confrontation,” he had said.