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Qureshi holds meeting with Saudi counterpart over escalating US-Iran tensions

RIYADH (Web Desk) – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday held a meeting with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud to discuss the rising tensions between the US and Iran in the Mideast.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud welcomed Qureshi in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh. During the meeting, detailed regional and global issues of mutual interest were discussed, including the tensions in the Middle East, and the law and order situation in the region.

Qureshi said it is imperative that matters be dealt diplomatically and resolved peacefully in order to moderate the tense situation, and to preserve the peace and stability of the region. He added that Pakistan‘s endeavor is to persuade all sides to show patience and to resolve the dispute through dialogue and negotiation.

“We are concerned that it could wrap up the entire region if timely steps are not taken to quell this fire,” he expressed.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi also briefed his Saudi counterpart on relations with other foreign ministers in the region to overcome the Mideast escalating tensions.

Fortunately, both Iran and the United States have made it clear in their statements that they do not want to escalate further tensions – in these situations it is important for the parties to agree on a dialogue so that matters can be settled peacefully, with understanding.

The Foreign Minister apprised his Saudi counterpart of Pakistan‘s concerns, adding that tensions were likely to affect the “Afghan Peace Process”, which has entered its crucial stage.

Saudi Foreign Minister praised Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s “peace efforts” to overcome the crisis found in the Middle East and to save the region from further tensions, and welcomed the visit and efforts of Qureshi.

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