Pakistan FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrives in Saudi Arabia on an important mission

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Pakistan FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrives in Saudi Arabia on an important mission

RIYADH/TEHRAN – Pakistan FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrives in Saudi Arabia on an important mission.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan has went on a tour to visit different countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US – to de-escalate the tensions in Mideast following the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.

According to details, Pakistan has initiated reconciliation efforts to eliminate tensions between the US and Iran. FM Qureshi Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and other senior officials of the Ministry arrived in the Saudi capital after a one-day visit to Iran. Qureshi and his delegation will hold a meeting with top Saudi top leadership to discuss the issues related to regional peace.

Earlier, FM Qureshi visited Tehran where he called on Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani and Iranian counterpart Dr. Javad Zarif.

In these meetings, there was a wide-ranging exchange of views on recent developments in the Middle East/Gulf region. Pakistan-Iran relations were also discussed.

The Foreign Minister reaffirmed the importance Pakistan attached to its close fraternal ties with Iran and reiterated the resolve to further strengthen the historic, multifaceted relationship between the two countries.

Sharing Pakistan’s perspective in detail on the recent developments, the Foreign Minister emphasised the importance of maximum restraint and immediate steps for de-escalation by all sides. He said war was in nobody’s interest and it was imperative to resolve the issues through dialogue and diplomacy.

The Foreign Minister informed the Iranian leadership about his telephonic conversations with his counterparts in the region and said that there was a general consensus in favour of immediate de-escalation and avoidance of war.

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