Saudi, UAE ministers arriving today to discuss regional situation – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Responding to the diplomatic reach of Pakistan to several world capitals on the latest events in Kashmir, the foreign ministers of the two main Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates), will arrive to Islamabad on Wednesday (today) on an official one-day visit to hold talks with Pakistani civil and military leaders about the regional situation.

This was stated by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while speaking with journalists in the House of Parliament before addressing the Foreign Affairs Office to chair the inaugural meeting of the Kashmir Special Cell here on Tuesday.

“The two main players of the ICO (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) will come (to Islamabad) tomorrow (Wednesday). One presides at the level of the summit (meetings) and the other directs the ministerial segment, ”said Qureshi, referring to the upcoming visits of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir, and the Minister of Relations Foreign and International Cooperation of the Sheikh of the UAE. Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan.

"We contacted the two foreign ministers and they are coming," he said, adding that both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were important countries. He said he would present to them the point of view of Pakistan and the people of Kashmir on the latest Indian movement to end the special status of Kashmir by revoking Article 370 and the situation in the valley held due to the continuous curfew.

Qureshi talks with the foreign ministers of Iran, Bangladesh and Turkey about the Kashmir problem

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are visiting Pakistan as a result of direct telephone calls from Prime Minister Imran Khan to the princes of the two countries in recent days. Qureshi said the prime minister had had a "good interaction" with the princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Previously, the Saudi press agency (SPA) had reported that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman discussed the "latest developments in the region" in a phone call. the SPA He reported that the two leaders during the phone call, the second in less than a month, also "reviewed the relations between the two countries."

In his speech in the media, Qureshi ruled out any possibility of resuming bilateral talks between Pakistan and India in the prevailing situation. He said they had categorically declared in the past that if India took a step towards peace, Pakistan would take two steps. However, he regretted that India continued to avoid the talks.

Crisis Human crisis ’

The foreign minister expressed concern about the continuous curfew in Kashmir, controlled by India, and said that New Delhi had created a "human crisis." He said that the people of Kashmir had been under curfew for 30 days without ration or medication.

"There is a panic and chaotic situation in Kashmir," Qureshi said, adding that they had been mobilizing public opinion and pressuring India through diplomatic efforts to lift the curfew in Kashmir.

Responding to a question about the response of the international community to Pakistan's efforts to highlight Kashmir, Qureshi said he did not have an "electrical switch" and had done what was "humanly possible" to mobilize public opinion and internationalize the situation. of Kashmir. .

Affirming successes on the diplomatic front, he said the ICO had already rejected the Indian position and called for the curfew to be lifted in Kashmir. He said that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the European Union (EU) had already discussed the issue of Kashmir and were now approaching the Human Rights Council and had been in contact with the ICO.

Mr. Qureshi stated that several US senators and congressmen had for the first time decided to address the issue of Kashmir in the Human Rights Committee. He said that of 12 EU members, 11 had condemned India, adding that only one EU member of Indian origin had supported Indian actions in Kashmir.

He said thousands of Pakistanis, cashmere, human rights activists and democratic members of Labor and Conservative parties had organized a large demonstration in London. He said international western media were criticizing Indian politics and now there were voices within India about the situation.

He said he had spoken with his counterparts in Iran and Bangladesh on Tuesday and that they had also expressed concern about the situation in Kashmir. He said that although Bangladesh had a soft corner for India, its foreign minister had also stated that "a continuous curfew is unacceptable."

Mr. Qureshi said that he had also discussed with the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister about the Indian measure of carrying out ethnic cleansing in Assam by leaving stateless two million people stateless. He said that India also intended to carry out ethnic cleansing in Kashmir, but the people of Kashmir would resist such a movement there.

Responding to another question, the Foreign Minister said that it had not yet been decided to close airspace for India.

"We are reviewing all the pros and cons of this option and will decide on it at the time of our election," he added.

Answering another question, Mr. Qureshi said that they were considering the option of taking the matter to the International Court of Justice and the Minister of Law Barrister Farogh Naseem was studying the case.

Qureshi, who is also the vice president of Pakistan's Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), criticized opposition parties for not observing "Kashmir Time" in the prime minister's call last Friday. However, he said that all political parties were on a page on the topic of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued separate brochures on the telephone conversations of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with his counterparts in Iran, Bangladesh and Turkey.

Mr. Qureshi called the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Javad Zarif, and informed him about the illegal and unilateral actions of India to alter the disputed state of Kashmir. He stressed that the steps taken by India in Kashmir in detention represented threats to peace and stability in the region.

On the worsening of the human rights situation, the Foreign Minister informed his Iranian counterpart that the total closure in the Valley had entered the fifth week causing immense suffering to the people of Kashmir who could not access hospitals, medicines and food supplies.

Zarif thanked the detailed information and reiterated his concern about the deterioration of human rights and the humanitarian situation in Kashmir, controlled by India, and reaffirmed Iran's support for the people of Kashmir.

Mr. Qureshi also spoke with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen and the Turkish FM Mevlut Cavasoglu.

Posted in Dawn, September 4, 2019



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