FM Qureshi off to Turkey on Palestine mission

By: News Desk      Published: 12:12 PM, 18 May, 2021
FM Qureshi off to Turkey on Palestine mission
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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reached Turkey on a diplomatic mission, reported 24 News HD TV Channel on Tuesday.

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. 

FM Qureshi will leave for New York along with the foreign ministers of Sudan, Palestine and Turkey

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.