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Russian FM asks India, Pakistan to defuse tension

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov on telephone on Friday to discuss the regional situation.

Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated Russia’s balanced and constructive role in de-escalation of tensions in the region. The Russian Foreign Minister encouraged Pakistan and India to resolve all issues through dialogue and peaceful means.

Foreign Minister Lavrov reiterated Russia’s offer of mediation and provision of venue for the talks between India and Pakistan. The Foreign Minister welcomed the Russian offer and added that he had acknowledged Russia’s constructive role from the floor of the Joint Session of Parliament earlier in the day, which was well-received.

The two Foreign Ministers agreed to continue consultations for promotion of peace and stability in the region.

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.