Pak-India confrontation will have 'serious implications for regional peace': China

Published: February 25, 2019
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday called China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and briefed him on the evolving regional situation after the February 14 Pulwama attack in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK).

The foreign minister thanked China for its steadfast support and highlighted Pakistan’s desire for peace and stability in the region. Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan was ready to resolve all issues with India through dialogue and negotiation.

The Chinese foreign minster thanked Qureshi for calling and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts. He agreed that the regional situation was serious and, if not addressed expediently, could have serious implications for peace and security of the entire region.

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He also acknowledged Pakistan’s invaluable contributions in the fight against terrorism and said that the country has paid a heavy price for its role.

Both the foreign ministers also agreed to maintain regular contact to discuss regional developments.

Earlier in the day, the European Union and Germany also urged Pakistan and India to take immediate steps to de-escalate the heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

While appreciating the early commitment of Prime Minister Imran Khan to reach out to India, Federica Mogherini stressed the urgency to de-escalate the situation and confirmed that the European Union was also in contact with Indian counterparts.

“The European Union’s policy has always been to promote a dialogue between Pakistan and India to sort out differences,” said Mogherini.

Last week, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree to UN mediation.

 

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