Important statement of the PM on US-Iran tensions. In the wake of escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S., Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he directed civilian and military leadership to approach relevant foreign authorities in an effort to build peace.
The Prime Minister wrote in a tweet that directed Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to visit and meet with the respective foreign ministers in Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the US.
PM Imran said in the same post that General Qamar Bajwa, Chief of the Army Staff, was tasked with contacting relevant military leaders to convey the message from Pakistan.
“Pakistan is willing to play its role in the cause of peace, but it can never be part of any war again,” the prime minister said about the crisis.
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran increased when U.S. drone strike ordered by President Trump killed last Friday al-Quds commander Qassem Soleimani.
Soleimani was held responsible by the American president for a rocket attack days earlier that killed an American contractor working in Iraq.
Earlier today, the prime minister called on the U.S. and Iran to de-escalate after two Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops were attacked with Tehran claiming responsibility for it as revenge for the killing of Iranian commander Soleimani.
The prime minister said the war was of no interest to anyone and “showed that Pakistan would not be part of any conflict in the region.”
During the meeting, PM Imran said he had tried in the past to facilitate US-Iran contacts as well as Tehran and Riyadh for peaceful dispute resolution.
He said Pakistan should play its part in “always being a peace partner and playing its role” in order to avoid conflict.
COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa “offered sound advice” to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Tuesday in the midst of increased tensions between Tehran and Washington over the killing of a top Iranian general in Baghdad last week.
Esper, in a tweet, said he always “appreciates” talking to the region’s U.S. partners and allies, and reiterated that everyone is trying to de-escalate tensions with Iran. News report on Important statement of the PM on US-Iran tensions.