Qureshi speaks to Iraqi, Bahraini counterparts over Mideast tensions
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday 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 said Pakistan is concerned about the region’s rising tensions. “This [Mideast] region can afford no confrontation,” he said.
He went on to say that Pakistan wants the parties to resolve the matter in the light of UN and international law, and to respect the sovereignty and integrity of one another.
In order to reduce tension in the region, the two foreign ministers agreed to continue consultation with Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on January 9 that Pakistan’s position on the Middle East was appreciated after making it clear that Pakistan will not allow its land to be used against any neighboring country.
FM Qureshi attended a Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs session of the National Assembly, chaired by President Malik Muhammad Ahsanullah Tiwana.
He briefed on the Middle East and Kashmir meeting and on important diplomatic issues and said that he is in touch with all main countries to de-escalate the Middle East situation.
The Foreign Minister has stated that Pakistan is committed to playing a positive role in decreasing tensions between the US and Iran.