Pakistani PM calls for de-escalation in Middle East, Gulf region

ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has called for immediate measures for de-escalation in the Middle East and Gulf region during his meeting with Oman’s Minister for Endowment and Religious Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Abdullah Assalami in Islamabad on Wednesday.

While talking to visiting Oman’s Minister who called on him during his visit to Pakistan, Khan expressed deep concern over the evolving situation in the region.

He underlined the imperative of avoiding any further escalation. Stressing that war is in nobody’s interest, he recalled that Pakistan has suffered greatly due to earlier regional conflicts.

He made it clear that Pakistan would not be part of any conflict in the region. The premier also recalled his earlier efforts for facilitation of contacts between the United States and Iran as well as Iran and Saudi Arabia for peaceful resolution of differences and disputes.

Khan stressed that Pakistan would always be a partner for peace and would continue playing its role to defuse tensions, prevent a conflict, and preserve peace.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the dire human rights and humanitarian situation arising from the lockdown in Indian administered Kashmir for over five months and noted “the discriminatory policies of the Indian government against minorities, especially Muslims.” He stressed that the international community has to take urgent steps to address this situation. Noting the traditionally close fraternal ties between Pakistan and Oman, Imran Khan expressed the desire to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields. He extended cordial greetings and best wishes for ruler of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said.

Moreover, Khan has instructed Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States and meet with respective foreign ministers, and the US secretary of state.

The premier also asked Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to “contact relevant military leaders to convey a clear message: Pakistan is ready to play it’s role for peace but it can never again be part of any war.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency