NEW YORK: During the first day of his visit to the US, Qureshi met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
“I thanked the Secretary-General for his continuing efforts to address the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and the threat to peace in South Asia,” the foreign minister said in his statement.
“I briefed the secretary general on Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to defuse […] tensions between Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US following recent events.
“Pakistan has affirmed that it will not participate in any conflict in the region. It will be a partner for peace. To defuse tensions and promote peace, I visited Tehran and Riyadh earlier this week and will visit Washington tomorrow,” his statement read.
Qureshi also met the president of the security council, Dang Dinh Quy, Radio Pakistan reported, adding that the foreign minister informed the president about the impact of India’s five month-long clampdown in the occupied valley.
He also stressed that India’s “persistent war mongering and aggressive rhetoric” posed a threat to regional peace and security, the report said, adding that Qureshi urged the UNSC to act decisively to prevent a war between the two countries.
The foreign minister also held talks with UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the report said.