ISLAMABAD: Following the recent escalation of tensions between US and Iran, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday telephoned his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE and Turkey.
During the telephonic conversations, Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s deep concern over the recent developments.
He renewed the call on all parties concerned to abide by the UN Charter and principles of international law to settle differences through peaceful means.
Qureshi also reaffirmed that Pakistan would neither let its soil be used against any other State nor become part of any regional conflict.
Sharing Pakistan’s perspective, the foreign minister expressed the hope that the progress made in the Afghan peace process would be preserved and further advanced.
FM Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s readiness to continue to play a role in preventing further escalation and maintaining regional peace and stability.
A US drone strike killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, at Baghdad’s international airport on Friday.