Qureshi discusses Palestine situation with Egypt, Sudan counterparts
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Hassan Shoukry, and Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi Saturday to discuss the rapidly evolving situation in Palestine.
Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed deep concern and anguish over the desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest Muslim site. He strongly condemned the attacks of the Israeli Forces against innocent Palestinians, including children.
Foreign Minister Qureshi conveyed his apprehensions about the rapidly deteriorating situation and emphasized the need for regional powers and the international community to play their part in de-escalating the tense situation.
In a call to Egyptian FM, Qureshi appreciated Egypt for playing a positive role and making efforts for peace. Foreign Minister Qureshi also exchanged views on how OIC could play a constructive role in protecting the Palestinians. Foreign Minister Shoukry appreciated Pakistan for reaching out to brotherly Muslim countries and making an effort for restoring peace in the region. He briefed Foreign Minister Qureshi on the latest developments and apprised about Egypt’s efforts in finding a diplomatic solution to the tense situation. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to accord the highest priority to de-escalating the situation and resolved to continue liaising closely on the matter.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also received a telephonic call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi.
Foreign Minister 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. Foreign Minister 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.
The two Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the role of the OIC in forging a united stance supporting the just cause of Palestine and protecting the innocent Palestinians from the indiscriminate and excessive use of force against them. They also agreed to continue exchanging views on the evolving situation in Palestine.
Foreign Minister Qureshi continues to reach out to his counterparts from key countries on the situation in Palestine. He has already held telephonic conversations with the Foreign Ministers of Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Afghanistan and China.