Peace in Middle East without resolution of Palestine issue impossible: Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday that establishing peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestine issue on a permanent basis was impossible
The foreign minister stated that ceasefire was the first step towards stopping Israeli atrocities, adding that the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions was the only just solution to the issues of Palestine and Kashmir.
The foreign minister's remarks came during a meeting with United Nations General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Welcoming the UNGA president, who arrived in Islamabad on a three-day visit yesterday, the foreign minister appreciated the president's efforts to convene an emergency session of the General Assembly on Palestine.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and President of United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir. PHOTO: APP
Similarly, the foreign minister maintained that there could be no peace in South Asia either unless the Kashmir issue was resolved.
He said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and intended to continue playing a conciliatory role in the Afghan peace process.
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The foreign minister appreciated the UNGA president's ‘Vaccine for All’ initiative, adding that it was necessary to make everyone safe if the pandemic had to be overcome.
UNGA President Volkan Bozkir also lauded FM Qureshi's efforts in highlighting the issue of Palestine.
Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood was also present at the meeting.