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Foreign Minister underlines neutrality in Middle East crisis

06 January, 2020 13:57

Foreign Minister underlines neutrality in Middle East crisis. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan will not become part of any regional conflict.

He said this while giving a policy statement over the evolving situation in Middle East in the Upper House this evening.

Foreign Minister underlines neutrality

However, he said that Pakistan could play a role in reconciliation, peace and stability. But, Pakistan will not augment fire of war in the region.

He further said he has talked to his regional counterparts, including Iran.

FM emphasized on exercising utmost restraint to avoid any conflict in the region. Because he thinks a new war may have disastrous impact on regional countries.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan does not support any unilateral action. According to him use of force cannot offer any solution to an issue.

He also expressed apprehensions on the implications on recent incident of the killing of Iranian commander in US attack in Iraq.

Moreover, he said this may lead the region to further instability, especially chances of destabilization of Iraq and Syria have increased.

Shah Mehmood said this may also negatively impact peace process in Afghanistan.

Besides, he said that it can prompt Houthi group in Yemen to intensify their attacks on Saudi Arabia while Hezbollah can target Israel with rocket attacks.

Meanwhile, he said that growing tension in the region can also be used by India toward world attention from grave human rights in Occupied Kashmir and ongoing protest demonstration across the country against Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens.

He urged the international community, the United Nations, and other world bodies to play their due role in averting any conflict in the region.


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