Israeli atrocities: FMs of four Muslim states to visit UN HQ, says Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday that the foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey, Sudan and Palestine would visit New York to raise voice against Israel's aggression in the Gaza strip at the UN General Assembly.
Addressing the National Assembly session, he said he would leave for Turkey tonight to meet his Turkish, Palestinian, and Sudanese counterparts there. The Palestinian leadership praised Pakistan for showing solidarity with them and raising a voice against Israel at various international forums.
He said the issue emerged on the 27 of Ramazan when Prime Minister Imran Khan was in Makkah. The premier arranged a meeting with the OIC chief the next day, he said.
Qureshi said that he will represent the voices of 22 million Pakistanis in New York. Permanent Observer Mission of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations will contact the president of UNGA and ask him to summon a session on the issue immediately, he said.
FM Qureshi said Israeli attacks on Palestine should come to an end immediately. Even the people in Western countries aren't quiet about it, he said. He informed that tomorrow, the European Union had called its meeting of foreign ministers on Palestine.
The foreign minister said Pakistan had a clear stance during a session of the OIC yesterday, where it demanded Israel’s crimes against humanity should not escape accountability.
The foreign minister regretted that despite members of the UN Security Council being convinced against Israeli atrocities, the United States had vetoed and stopped a statement on Israeli-Palestinian violence.
“We have talked to the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Indonesia, and China on the issue of Palestine,” he said.
He said Pakistan would observe Al-Quds Day on Friday under the leadership of PM Imran Khan.