ISLAMABAD: In a bid to de-escalate tensions in the region, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday contacted his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim over the phone and stressed: “the region cannot bear the consequences of another conflict”.
Qureshi apprised his Iraqi counterpart that acting upon the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan he had also contacted foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
The foreign minister further informed Hakim that he would soon be making official trips to Iran and the US to defuse tensions between the states.
To further Pakistan’s effort in de-escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran, FM Qureshi is likely to be travelling to three countries next week.
According to sources privy to the development, he will be visiting Iran on Sunday and then will leave for Saudi Arabia on January 13. He will also be travelling to Washington later in the coming week.
Talks with Russia
Pakistan and Russia have agreed to launch joint efforts aimed at restoring peace in the region that has witnessed rising tensions between the US and Iran.
The agreement came during a telephonic conversation between FM Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
The two leaders discussed issues pertaining to soaring tensions in the Middle East and the overall situation in the region.
The foreign minister informed Lavrov that an increase in tensions among the states could dent a severe blow to peace and stability in the region.
He said both sides have to show restraint in order to overcome the current escalated situation.
Qureshi, while reiterating Pakistan’s principled stance, made it clear that Pakistan would neither be a party to any new conflict in the region nor would its land be used against any regional or neighbouring country.
The two foreign ministers also agreed to make joint efforts for regional peace.
Pakistan reaffirmed its firm to play a positive role to reduce tension in the region.
During a meeting with newly appointed Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Syed Muhammad Ali Hussaini, Qureshi said growing tensions do not benefit anyone in the region.
Iranian ambassador thanked the foreign minister and assured that he would use all his efforts to further expand bilateral relations between the two countries.
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