RAWALPINDI: United States Secretary of Defence Mark T Esper on Wednesday telephoned Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and spoke about the current security situation in the Middle East.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense said, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), that the U.S. does not want to pursue war, but will respond with force if necessary.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on the occasion that Pakistan wants to de-escalate the prevailing tense situation in the Middle East and that it will support all initiatives that bring peace to the region.
The COAS called on all concerned to avoid rhetoric in favor of diplomatic engagement, adding that by fighting against terrorism, we have all worked hard to bring peace to the region.
General Bajwa said that we will continue to play our constructive role in the progress of the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan so that it is not disrupted and that the country is heading towards conflict resolution rather than new conflicts.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had previously directed Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit and consult with foreign ministers in Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United States.
In his tweet, the prime minister said, “I have asked FM Qureshi to visit Iran, KSA & USA to meet with respective foreign ministers, Secretary of State.”
Imran Khan further said he had also asked Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa “to contact relevant military leaders to convey a clear message: Pakistan is ready to play it s role for peace but it can never again be part of any war.”