Zarif speaks to Qureshi, urges restraint

Iranian foreign minister offers mediation between India and Pakistan


Reuters February 27, 2019
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke on Wednesday on phone with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and offered mediation between India and Pakistan, after rising tensions between the two countries.

Zarif, whose Monday's resignation was rejected by Rouhani on Wednesday, urge both countries to practice restraint, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported.

ISNA said Zarif is going to speak to his Indian counterpart as well, but did not specify any date.

The Pakistani military on Wednesday announced it has shot down two Indian fighter jets that had attempted to violate Pakistan’s airspace once again and has captured a pilot.

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The military’s media wing later released a video of the pilot, who introduced himself as Wing Commander Abhinandan bearing the service number 27981.

The development came a day after the country's civil and military leadership declared the violation of airspace by Indian fighter jets “uncalled for aggression” and decided that the country would respond at the “time and place of its choosing”.

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