Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves for important foreign policy mission

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Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves for important foreign policy mission

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves for important foreign policy mission.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi left for Tehran on Sunday to discuss the ongoing situation in the Middle East with the Iranian authorities and plead the case for de-escalation in the region.

According to an official statement released by the country’s foreign ministry in Islamabad on Saturday night, Qureshi will “meet Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and exchange views on the evolving situation in the Middle East/Gulf region.”

He will then proceed to “Riyadh on 13 January to hold talks with Saudi Foreign Minister H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and consult on the issues of regional peace and stability.”

The restive Middle East region found itself on the brink of another conflict in the beginning of this month when the United States killed a top Iranian military commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani, in an attack authorized by President Donald Trump.

Soleimani was a high-profile figure in his country and was thought to be the man behind Tehran’s military influence in the region. He was killed in a drone strike while he was in Baghdad only a few days after the American embassy in Iraq was targeted by pro-Iranian militiamen.

Keeping in view the growing instability in the region, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced he had instructed Qureshi to travel to Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States to convey his country’s willingness to play a constructive role for peace in the region.

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