FM holds telephonic conversation with UK counterpart; discusses regional, bilateral matters

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday held a telephonic conversation with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and had a wide range of discussion on regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest.

Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the British Foreign Secretary on the evolving security situation of the region and shared Pakistan’s concerns with regard to latest developments in the Middle East/Gulf region, which carried serious implications for peace and security as well as world economy.

The Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of maximum restraint and steps for de-escalation by all sides, a Foreign Office statement issued here said.

He also apprised of Pakistan’s efforts to defuse tensions in the region through active diplomatic engagement with relevant parties.

The Foreign Minister also highlighted grave human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK), and urged UK to play its role in peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his British counterpart on Pakistan’s efforts in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

He invited Foreign Secretary Raab to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

The British Foreign Secretary appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to support defusion of tensions and secure peace and security in the region. He also highlighted the positive trajectory of Pak-UK relations and expressed the hope that these will continue to strengthen in the years ahead. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to continue to work together to strengthen bilateral cooperation and to ensure peace and security of the region.