ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan had decided to advance diplomatic relations with other regional countries for the peaceful resolution of tensions between Iran and the United States.
In a video statement, FM Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed him to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States to pursue our desire for peace and to settle the matters.
He said Pakistan would play whatever role it could do to protect the region from war.
The foreign minister also expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of so many precious lives in the tragic crash of Ukrainian passenger plane in Iran on Jan 8, 2020.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and all those who have lost their loved ones,” he said.
The leadership, government and people of Pakistan offered their sympathies and condolences to the governments and people of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany and the UK, whose nationals were reportedly on board this flight.
Imran Khan has directed FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States to meet with respective foreign ministers and Secretary of State.
In a tweet, he said Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will contact relevant military leaders to convey a clear message that Pakistan was ready to play its role for peace, but it can never again be part of any war.