FM Qureshi off to Turkey on Palestine mission
Foreign Minister Qureshi on Tuesday reached Ankara on an extensive diplomatic mission to attract the world attention towards the deplorable situation in Palestine where Israeli airstrikes hammered the Gaza Strip killing more than 200 people.
The foreign minister was received by Deputy Governor Ankara Ismail Catklii and Pakistan’s ambassador Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi at Ankara Airport.
Pakistan joins hands with Palestine, Sudan and Turkey to address an emergency session on #Palestine called by the United Nations General Assembly. Pakistan stands firmly with the people of Palestine.— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) May 17, 2021
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He will hold meetings with important personalities in New York.
He will raise his voice against the Israel’s brutalities on the oppressed Palestinians. He will also address the international media persons and presented Pakistan’s point of view with regard to Palestine situation.
The violence between Hamas and Israel is the worst since 2014, when Israel launched a military operation on the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of ending rocket fire and destroying tunnels used for smuggling.
The war left 2,251 dead on the Palestinian side, mostly civilians, and 74 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.
Opening the first session of the UN Security Council on the renewed violence on Sunday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the fighting "utterly appalling". "It must stop immediately," he said.
But the UN talks, already delayed by Israel's ally the United States, resulted in little action, with Washington opposing a resolution.
President Joe Biden's administration says it is working behind the scenes, and that a Security Council statement could backfire.