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Iran-US tensions: Shah Mehmood Qureshi meets Saudi FM Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud

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RIYADH: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while talking to his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has stated that Pakistan would support all efforts for peace and provide all possible facilitation for constructive engagement.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi stressed on the need to exercise maximum restraint while finding ways for constructive engagement. Maintaining that disputes should be resolved peacefully through diplomatic means he warned that the region’s state of affairs would be dangerous if timely actions were not taken to assuage the augmenting tensions. Qureshi told Saudi FM about his rendezvous with the FMs of different countries of the region to figure out ways to ameliorate the situation. He maintained that the Iran’s statement in favor of peace was encouraging.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud welcomed the FM’s visit and reaffirmed the strategic importance of Pak-Saudi relations and the resolve to deepen mutual cooperation in all fields.  Pakistan and Saudi Arabia agreed to remain engaged and consult closely on issues affecting peace and security in the region and beyond. After his day-long trip Shah Mahmood Qureshi left for Oman.

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US-Iran tensions: Pak FM meets Irani President

TEHRAN: Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a rendezvous here today with the President of Iran Dr. Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed that Pakistan would remain committed to play an active and positive role for bringing peace in the region.

President Rouhani, making it clear that Iran did not want to escalate tensions in the region, lauded Pakistan’s efforts carried out to ameliorate the situation.

Apprising Irani President about Pakistan’s stance on the prevailing state-of-affairs, Foreign Minister made it clear that Pakistan would not be a part of any war in the region.

Maintaining that the region could not afford further escalation he stressed need to resolve the issues by using diplomatic means in order to assuage tensions in the region. Shah Mahmood Qureshi also told the Irani President about his recent contacts with Foreign Ministers of different countries.

Focusing on the Kashmir issue Shah Mehmood Qureshi  thanked Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khomeini and the Iranian President on behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan for raising speaking against the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to visit Riyadh today (Monday 13th of January, 2020) in order to hold talks with Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan endeavoring to figure out ways to ensure peace and tranquility of the region.     

FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrives in Iran to diffuse ME tensions     

12th of January, 2020

MASHHAD: As part of Pakistan’s endeavors to assuage tensions in the ME Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has arrived here today.

Governor of Mashhad Reza Razm Hosseini warmly welcomed him. At the Shrine of Imam Reza he said it was an honor for him to begin the tour by visiting the holy site. Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked Governor Mashhad Reza Razm Hosseini for making best arrangements for those 3 million Pakistani pilgrims who visit the Shrine of Imam Reza annually.

It is pertinent to mention here that Shah Mahmood Qureshi was asked by the PM to visit Iran and Saudi Arabia in order to attempt to diffuse the augmenting tensions in the Middle East. FM will meet his counterpart Javad Zarif in Tehran to change notes on the state-of-affairs. Riyadh will be his next stop where he has a rendezvous tomorrow with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.