Pakistan foreign minister urges diplomacy in phone call with Ukrainian counterpart

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi holds phone talks with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged “diplomacy” in a telephonic conversation with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba held on February 27.

Qureshi called his Ukrainian counterpart and expressed “serious concerns” over the situation after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and called for de-escalation through dialogue and diplomacy.

Qureshi shared Pakistan’s perspective in detail, reiterating serious concern at the situation, underscoring the importance of de-escalation, and stressing the indispensability of diplomacy, the foreign office said in a statement.

Pakistan’s foreign minister shared that Prime Minister Imran Khan during his recent visit to Moscow regretted the latest situation between Russia and Ukraine and said that Pakistan had hoped diplomacy could avert a military conflict.

PM Khan stressed that conflict was not in anyone’s interest and that the developing countries were always hit the hardest economically, in case of conflict. The Foreign Minister underlined Pakistan’s belief that disputes should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also took up the important matter of evacuation of the Pakistani community and students in Ukraine and their safe return to Pakistan. He appreciated the role played by the Ukrainian authorities in the evacuation process and asked for continued facilitation and smooth border crossing at the earliest possible.

The Pakistan embassy in Ukraine has said that the majority of 3,000 Pakistani students had left the country and the remaining 500 to 600 were being evacuated.

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