Pakistan FO spokesperson responds to budding India Israel nexus in the region

Pakistan FO spokesperson responds to budding India Israel nexus in the region

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal has said that Pakistan is keeping an eye over the rising nexus of India and Israel. Israeli PM Netanyahu has arrived in New Delhi and has signed multiple deals with his Indian counterpart and vowed for close counter terrorism and defence cooperation.

Israeli PM in India had earlier used harsh words against Hafiz Saeed and vow to stand with India in catching the culprits of the Mumbai attacks which India blames on JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed.

He further said on Tuesday that India has violated the ceasefire agreement more than 100 times in 2017, making the entire situation quite alarming for Pakistan.

The foreign office spokesman was speaking to Hamid Mir in Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’, where he responded to a question pertaining to back door diplomacy keeping in view the terse relations between the neighbouring countries.

Dr Faisal said that Pakistan cannot ignore the situation at the Line of Control, giving the example of the recent loss of lives in the past few days.

The FO spokesman said that Pakistan is keenly observing the budding nexus between India and Israel, as the two countries edge closer towards on a free trade pact, which will likely include defence cooperation.

Israel has been one of the biggest defence partner of India and India has been buying weapons worth one billion US dollars annually which is likely to be enhanced further in coming days.

The foreign office spokesman welcomed the statements given earlier by Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Alice Wells.

Wells earlier said that the US seeks to move towards a new relationship with Pakistan, based on mutual interest in realising a stable and prosperous region.

Dr Faisal Javed said that the US diplomat’s statements are in accordance to the United Nations charter, respecting sovereignty of other countries and not interfering in their personal matters.

On Jan 11, the Pakistan Foreign Office said it was in talks with the United States over matters of mutual interest, including security assistance, but it was too soon to reveal more at this point in time.

In his briefing last week, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said the two countries were in talks over matters of mutual interest, including security assistance, details of which cannot be revealed to media just now.

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