ISLAMABAD, May 15 (ANNEX): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi spoke by phone with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday and shared Pakistan’s deep concern over the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
During the conversation, the foreign ministers discussed the Palestinian issue, the peace process in Afghanistan and bilateral Pakistani-Chinese relations.
Minister Qureshi said that the humanitarian situation in Palestine is becoming a serious threat to peace and security in the Middle East.
He added that the brutal attacks by Israeli forces on innocent believers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as on unarmed civilians and children in the occupied territories, are contrary to humanitarian norms as well as international law.
Qureshi stressed the importance of urgent steps by the international community to stop Israeli attacks, protect civilians, facilitate interaction between the parties and ensure a just and lasting solution based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the two-state concept.
The Foreign Minister also informed Wang Yi of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s appeal to world leaders to resolve the current grave situation.
Qureshi congratulated the Chinese leadership and its people on the successful landing of the Chinese spacecraft on Mars and stressed that this is a historic milestone for China in the technological field.
The minister stressed that 2021 is of particular importance as it marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. According to him, over the years, our bilateral relations have turned into an all-weather strategic partnership.
He stressed that Pakistan and China must continue to deepen their cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.
He thanked China for its support to Pakistan in containing the spread of the pandemic, including through the provision of vaccines.
Minister Qureshi stressed that Pakistan supports the Afghan-led and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process. He highlighted Pakistan’s contribution to the peace process in Afghanistan and its support for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
Stressing the importance of a responsible withdrawal of troops, a reduction in violence and an early ceasefire, the Foreign Minister stressed the need for the Afghan parties to seize the opportunity to work together and secure a comprehensive political negotiated solution.
The minister said that the trilateral dialogue of foreign ministers between China, Afghanistan and Pakistan plays an important role in promoting peace and stability.
The foreign ministers of the two countries agreed to deepen Pakistani-Chinese strategic cooperation and coordination to address emerging problems and reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to intensify their collective efforts to promote peace, stability and the imperatives of justice.
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