Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Dr. Riyad Al Maliki today, to discuss the ongoing situation in Palestine.
Foreign Minister Qureshi strongly condemned Israeli Forces’ attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and continued air strikes on Gaza that killed innocent civilians, including children. He reiterated Pakistan’s unequivocal support for the rights of Palestinian people and their just struggle.
The Foreign Minister briefed Foreign Minister Maliki on Pakistan’s efforts to sensitize the international community on the serious situation and the violations of human rights and international law. Recalling the recent telephonic call between the Prime Minister and the Palestinian President, Foreign Minister Qureshi reassured Dr. Maliki of Pakistan’s steadfast support to Palestinian people during these testing times.
Dr. Maliki updated the Foreign Minister on the dire situation on ground, as well as the efforts being made to prevent its further worsening. He expressed deep appreciation for Pakistan’s principled, steadfast and unflinching support to Palestine, as well as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s clear and unambiguous position on the recent crisis. He thanked Pakistan for the consistent diplomatic support received by the State of Palestine at regional and international fora.
The two Foreign Ministers agreed to engage and coordinate closely on the evolving situation in Palestine.
Foreign Minister Qureshi spoke to the Palestinian Foreign Minister as part of his wider outreach to the Foreign Ministers of key Islamic countries with a view to helping address the serious situation in Palestine. Earlier in the day, the Foreign Minister also spoke with the Saudi Foreign Minister and consulted him on the issue.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi contacted Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud on Friday to express “Pakistan’s serious concerns” on the “grave situation” in Palestine, according to a statement from the Foreign Office (FO).
“FM Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s serious concerns on the storming of the Al Aqsa Mosque and grave human rights violations.
“He condemned the continued attacks by the Israeli Defence Forces against the Palestinians, in particular innocent civilians and children, adding that the Israeli acts defied all norms of humanity and international law,” said the statement.