Pakistan reminds US of its role in restraining Israel

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – May 18, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised United States (US) secretary of state (SoS) Antony J. Blinken, Monday, of Pakistani people’s deep concern and anguish on the worsening humanitarian situation in the Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territories and underscored the importance of United States (US) role in ensuring necessary steps to help address the dire situation, restore peace, and facilitate a just solution.

According to a press release, the FM spoke with US SoS in a telephone conversation.

They discussed bilateral relations and important regional developments.

FM Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire for a broad-based and comprehensive partnership with the US that was anchored in close economic cooperation, enhanced regional connectivity and common vision for a peaceful South Asia.

He highlighted the salience of transformed Pakistan, with its shifting focus on geo-economics.

FM Qureshi underscored that this vision rested on three central pillars of peace, development partnerships, and connectivity.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support for the Afghan peace process while underscoring that achieving peaceful political solution in Afghanistan was the shared responsibility of all Afghan parties as well as the key international and regional stakeholders.

Underscoring the importance of responsible withdrawal, FM Qureshi stressed that reduction in violence, permanent ceasefire, and seizing this historic opportunity to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement was indispensable.

The FM highlighted Pakistan’s immense sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and the progress made in strengthening the anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering regimes.

He reaffirmed the resolve to continue efforts in this regard.

FM Qureshi and US SoS Blinken agreed to stay in touch and work together on advancing the two countries’ shared bilateral and regional interests.