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Qureshi Urges US to Play Role in Resumption of India-Pakistan Dialogue

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his country's ties with the US ties were also important for promoting regional peace and stability.


Updated:April 2, 2019, 10:50 PM IST
Qureshi Urges US to Play Role in Resumption of India-Pakistan Dialogue
File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right) with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday urged the United States to play its role in resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues, amid tensions following the Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by Indian jets on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo spoke over the phone on Tuesday afternoon and exchanged views on the current situation in the region, the Foreign Office said.

Both sides agreed that de-escalation was important for peace and stability in south Asia, it said.

Qureshi said Pakistan-US ties were also important for promoting regional peace and stability. He appreciated the US' role and efforts in de-escalating tensions in the region.

He informed Pompeo about the measures taken by Pakistan, including the handing over of the Indian pilot.

"He also urged the US to play its role for resumption of dialogue between Pakistan and India to find solutions to all outstanding disputes," the FO said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14.

India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India on March 1.

The FO said the two leaders agreed to continue to pursue the Afghan reconciliation process.

They also discussed Pakistan's facilitating role and agreed that the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad's forthcoming visit to Islamabad would provide an opportunity to further build on the gains made so far.

Qureshi said that intra-Afghan dialogue was an important component of the reconciliation process. He also emphasised the need to enhance interaction at the leadership level.

The foreign minister also briefed Pompeo about efforts and progress in the implementation of Pakistan's National Action Plan, the FO said.

The NAP was launched after a deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014 that killed nearly 150 people, mostly students.

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