ISLAMABAD: In an effort to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday contacted his Iraqi and Bahrain’s counterpart Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim and Sheikh Khalid Bin Muhammad Alkhalifa over the phone and stressed: “the region cannot bear the consequences of another conflict”.
Qureshi apprised his Iraqi counterpart that acting upon the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan he had also contacted foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
The foreign minister further informed Hakim that he would soon be making official trips to Iran and the US to defuse tensions between the states.
To further Pakistan’s effort in de-escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran, FM Qureshi is likely to be travelling to three countries next week.
Talking to Bahrain’s foreign minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Muhammad Qureshi said that the negative impacts of the escalation can affect the entire region if immediate action would not be taken.
Later, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with newly appointed Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Syed Muhammad Ali Hussaini in Islamabad today.
He said growing tensions do not benefit anyone in the region.
The Minister said that he is in touch with various foreign ministers of the region and on the special direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan he will be visiting Iran and other countries very soon.
He greeted and welcomed the ambassador for his appointment in Pakistan.