Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reiterated Islamabad’s commitment to promoting peace and stability in the region as he continues his week-long multi-country trip in the wake of the increasing tensions between the United States and Iran.
The foreign minister said that he has visited Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the US and Qatar on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan and had “constructive engagement” with stakeholders on “efforts to defuse tensions and promote peace in the Middle East”.
“I took Pakistan’s message to all: we stand for peace and stability in the region,” he added.
Also met UNSG @antonioguterres in NY where I underscored the critical importance of the International community’s continued attention to the suffering of Kashmiris under Indian occupation and for this to be resolved in line with UN resolutions and the will of the Kashmiri people. https://t.co/EGK1If7OEk
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) January 19, 2020
On the sidelines of the visit, the foreign minister also held meetings with the top tier of the United Nations and briefed members of the UN Security Council on human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) following the Narendra Modi-led government’s decision to revoke the occupied region’s special status and imposing a draconian lockdown.
Qureshi further said he met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York and underscored the “critical importance of the international community’s continued attention to the sufferings of Kashmiris under Indian occupation.
He also urged for the Kashmir conflict to be resolved in line with the UN resolutions and the will of the Kashmiri people.
On the last leg of his multi-state tour, Qureshi discussed Iran and Afghanistan’s peace process US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – five days after seeing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
While stopping short of saying that he was transmitting any message, Qureshi said he understood that the Iranians “did not want to escalate things.”
“They don’t want war, they don’t want further bloodshed,” Qureshi told reporters in Washington.