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Pakistan

Web Desk
January 14, 2020

FM Qureshi offers to facilitate 'constructive engagement' in Middle East

Pakistan

Web Desk
Tue, Jan 14, 2020
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan. Photo: Twitter

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi  on Tuesday offered to facilitate “constructive engagement" in the Middle East in a meeting with his Saudi counterpart.

Qureshi, in a tweet said that he held 'in depth discussion' with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh during the second leg of his diplomatic outreach in the Middle East.

“While reaffirming our strategic bilateral relations, I emphasised Pakistan's support for all peace efforts in the region and the facilitation of constructive engagement among all,” the foreign minister said..

Qureshi met his Saudi counterpart on Monday as part of Pakistan’s efforts to help defuse tensions in the Middle East amid heightened hostility between Iran and the US.

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Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood, Pakistani envoy Raja Ali Ejaz, and other officials from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present during the meeting.

On Sunday, Qureshi had met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran following the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone strike earlier this month.

In his meeting with the Iranian president, FM Qureshi called for "using the diplomatic means" to reduce the tensions in the region and "resolve outstanding issues amicably and peacefully".

Tensions between Iran and the United States have spiked in recent weeks after the US killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad. Iran retaliated by targeting a US troops base in Iraq.

Following the developments, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed Qureshi to meet with Iranian and Saudi leaders to underscore the need for immediate and collective efforts for a peaceful resolution of disputes.