Qureshi phones Chinese FM; briefs him on evolving situation after Pulwama incident

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday called Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and briefed him on the evolving regional situation post-Pulwama incident in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

During the telephonic conversation, the Foreign Minister thanked China for its steadfast support. He underscored Pakistan’s desire for peace and stability in the region and resolution of all issues through negotiations and dialogue with India.

He also highlighted the steps taken by Pakistan to de-escalate the situation, a Foreign Office statement issued here said.

State Councilor Wang Yi thanked the Foreign Minister for the call and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts. He agreed that the unfolding regional situation was serious with implications for peace and security of the entire region. 

He also acknowledged Pakistan’s invaluable contributions in the fight against terrorism for which Pakistan has paid a heavy price. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to stay in touch with each other over the regional developments.

Foreign Minister also telephoned German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and discussed the evolving regional situation.

The Foreign Minister briefed his German counterpart on the evolving situation after the Pulwama incident and stressed that despite baseless allegations and aggressive rhetoric emanating from India, Pakistan has offered cooperation in investigating the incident and asked India to share any actionable evidence in this regard. He said Pakistan desires a peaceful neighbourhood and remains committed to peace and stability in the region.

The two Foreign Ministers expressed satisfaction at the current level of bilateral relations and agreed to translate the existing friendship and mutual goodwill into a strong political and economic partnership.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi telephoned his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono and apprised him about the reasons behind the postponement of his visit to Japan.   

Foreign Minister said the situation in South Asian region including occupied Kashmir is tense following Pulwama incident. He said in such a sensitive situation, it was important and inevitable for him to stay in the country.