In phone call with Russian FM, Qureshi stresses diplomatic solution to conflict in Ukraine – World

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Kureshi held a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, underscoring the need for a diplomatic resolution of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, in a statement released by the Foreign Ministry (FO).

Qureshi also said in a statement that it had requested assistance from the Russian government for the evacuation of Pakistani citizens from Ukraine.

The phone call came more than a week after tensions between Moscow and Kyiv escalated and Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine, calling for criticism and sanctions from the West.

Meanwhile, Pakistan continues to face pressure from the United States and other countries to condemn Moscow for its offensive on Russia.

The United States said Friday it had notified Pakistan that the war in Ukraine could have regional and global consequences.

“We have briefed the Pakistani government on the possible impact of Russia’s just war on Ukraine on regional and global security,” a US State Department spokesperson said. Serb When asked to respond to these developments.

But Pakistan’s UN ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram, said Islamabad was not only aware of the consequences of its actions, but “supports all efforts” to restore peace in Ukraine.

Earlier on Tuesday, heads of several foreign missions in Pakistan, including Germany and France, urged Islamabad in a joint letter condemning Russia’s armed hostility to Ukraine at the UN General Assembly convened to vote on a resolution. About Russia.

At the meeting, however, Pakistan abstained from voting, but stressed the need to protect the country’s territorial integrity without jeopardizing the national interests of other countries.

Emphasizing Islamabad’s concerns about the situation in Ukraine today, Qureshi emphasized in his conversation with Lavrov that Pakistan is stressing the importance of the basic principles of the UN Charter dealing with the situation.

In an interview with Lavrov, he told Lavrov that Pakistan had “called for phased easing and stressed the need for a diplomatic solution in accordance with relevant multilateral agreements, international law and the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.”

Qureshi further told Russia’s foreign minister in a recent phone call with the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Hungary, as well as a high-ranking European Union (EU) representative, “he shared Pakistan’s principled position and emphasized the importance of finding a solution.” [to the Russia-Ukraine conflict] through dialogue and diplomacy

He expressed hopes that the talks launched between Russia and Ukraine would “succeed in finding a diplomatic solution.”

The FO also emphasized that the “safe and expeditious” return of Pakistani citizens from Ukraine was the government’s top priority, and said it had asked Russia for help to expedite the process.

Lavrov has promised full support for this account, the FO statement added.

The Russian foreign minister also shared Moscow’s point of view on the situation, talked about the Kremlin’s actions to allow a humanitarian channel to Ukraine, and emphasized preparations for the next round with the Ukrainian side, the FO said.

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In today’s phone call, Qureshi recalled a recent visit to Russia, accompanied by Prime Minister Imran and other ministers.

In line with the start of Russia’s offensive on Ukraine, many people at home and abroad questioned the timing of the visit. However, the Pakistani government has maintained that the visit focuses on bilateral cooperation and is planned for the time being and has little to do with the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

In a conversation with Lavrov today, Qureshi referred to “extensive talks on key topics on regional and bilateral agendas, including Afghanistan.”

“In addition to bilateral relations, the two foreign ministers discussed the regional situation,” the FO added.

He said the two sides will continue to work together to advance the common goal of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Lavrov also said he expressed his “deep condolences” for the loss of life in the terrorist attack on a mosque in Peshawar on Friday and “emphasized Russia’s condemnation of terrorism in all its forms.”

The two ministers agreed to maintain close contact.

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