FM Qureshi meets US lawmakers, discusses regional safety
WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with US lawmakers on Thursday in Washington DC as part of his diplomatic journey to the United States.
Qureshi in his assembly with the lawmakers mentioned US-Pakistan relationship, the state of affairs in South Asia, the Afghan peace course of, and up to date developments within the Middle East.
He additionally briefed the US Senate management on India’s ongoing lockdown in occupied Kashmir, and “its implications for regional security”.
“Peace and stability in South Asia would remain elusive until the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with international law and the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” Qureshi knowledgeable the senators, in line with a Foreign Office press launch.
The senators additionally lauded Pakistan’s position within the Afghan peace course of and requested Islamabad for its continued help. The international minister assured the senators that Pakistan was dedicated to the Afghan political reconciliation course of.
Qureshi famous that the historical past of Pakistan-US relationship was testimony to the worth of working collectively. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to proceed to play a constructive position and to work with Washington to convey peace within the area.
“Pakistan is for peace and we would do whatever we can to promote and facilitate peace,” stated Qureshi whereas referring to Pakistan’s position in defusing tensions within the Middle East.
The senators agreed with Qureshi on the necessity for continued cooperation between the 2 nations. They imagine that cooperation was wanted to achieve one another’s widespread aims on the bilateral and regional fronts.
The assembly was attended by Republican Senator Jim Risch and Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia Senator Mitt Romney, and Democratic Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee Senator Chris Murphy.
‘Pakistan values its relationship with US’
In a separate assembly with the US Congress’s Pakistan Caucus the minister emphasised that Islamabad values its relationship with Washington.
The minister additionally lauded the caucus for its position in “further improving bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States”. He added that the connection was on an “upward positive trajectory” because the final 12 months.
“The foreign minister also briefed the caucus about government of Pakistan’s vision for socio-economic progress and human development in the country as well as Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace and prosperity including in facilitating peace in Afghanistan and defeating terrorism in the region,” Foreign Office stated.
Qureshi underscored the importance of additional strengthening people-to-people and inter-parliamentary linkages between the 2 nations and urged the lawmakers to play their position.
The international minister additionally briefed the lawmakers on the most recent state of affairs in Indian occupied Kashmir and the persevering with repression of the Kashmiri folks by the Narendra Modi-led authorities.
The caucus thanked Qureshi for his briefing and appreciated Pakistan’s invaluable contributions for regional peace and safety.
“They also recognised the role of the Pakistani American community in the US which were contributing towards further strengthening bilateral linkages and relations,” stated the Foreign Office.
The occasion was attended by Chair of Congressional Pakistan Caucus Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Thomas Suozzi and Jim Banks and different members of the caucus. Congressman Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in addition to Congressman Ami Bera, Chairman of the House sub-Committee on Asia had been additionally in attendance.
Qureshi’s go to to United States got here amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran after the previous killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad. Iran retaliated by focusing on a US troops base in Iraq.
Earlier, Qureshi had visited Iran and Saudi Arabia, the place he met the 2 nations’ leaders in an effort to ease tensions within the area after a US airstrike killed Soleimani.