ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday had a telephone conversation with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and shared Pakistan’s profound concern over deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
During the conversation, both the foreign ministers discussed the Palestinian issue, peace process in Afghanistan, and Pakistan-China bilateral relations, a Foreign Office statement said.
Qureshi said the humanitarian situation in Palestine was becoming a major threat to peace and security of Middle East. He added that the violent attacks perpetrated by Israeli forces against the innocent worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque and unarmed civilians and the children in the occupied territories, were against humanitarian norms as well as the international law.
Qureshi underlined the importance of urgent steps by the international community to stop the Israeli attacks, protect the civilian population, facilitate engagement of the parties, and ensure just and lasting solution based on relevant UNSC resolutions and the two-state vision.
The foreign minister also briefed Wang Yi about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s outreach to world leaders in addressing the current serious situation.
Qureshi congratulated Chinese leadership and its people for successful landing of Chinese spacecraft at Mars and underlined that it was a historic milestone for China in the technological realm. The foreign minister underscored that the year 2021 had a special significance as it marked 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Over the years, our bilateral relationship had become an All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership, he added. He underscored that Pakistan and China should continue to deepen their cooperation in fighting COVID-19. He thanked China for the support it had extended to Pakistan in containing the spread of the pandemic, including through provision of vaccines. Qureshi stressed that Pakistan supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He highlighted Pakistan’s contribution to the Afghan peace process and its support for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
Underscoring the importance of a responsible withdrawal, reduction in violence, and earliest possible ceasefire, the foreign minister stressed the need for the Afghan parties to seize the opportunity to work together and secure a negotiated inclusive political solution. The foreign minister maintained that China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Mini-ster’s Dialogue was playing an important role in promoting peace and stability.
The two foreign ministers agreed to deepen Pakistan-China strategic cooperation and coordination to deal with the emerging challenges and reaffirmed both countries’ commitment to intensify their collective efforts to promote peace, stability and imperatives of justice.
Also, Foreign Minister Qureshi received a telephonic call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, in which the rapidly evolving situation in Palestine was discussed.
Qureshi thanked the Foreign Minister of Sudan for reaching out to Pakistan to discuss the situation in Palestine. Sharing his apprehensions about the rapidly deteriorating situation, he briefed his Sudanese counterpart on Pakistan’s consistent and steadfast support to Palestine. He also informed her about Pakistan’s outreach with regional countries on the recent escalation. Qureshi also emphasized the need for concerted actions to prevent further escalation of the conflict and to protect the lives and human rights of the Palestinian people.