UNSC meeting on Kashmir
UNSC meeting on Kashmir

UNSC meeting on Kashmir:

New York: Federal Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attended a UNSC meeting on Kashmir. He held a joint meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York. He said that India is not ready for bilateral talks on the Kashmir issue.

UNSC meeting on Kashmir
Shah Mehmood Qureshi meeting with António Guterres

Talking to the media after meeting the UN Seniors, the minister said, “Pakistan is sincere for bilateral talks on Kashmir, but India is lagging behind.”

Qureshi discussed various issues, including the Ehsan program, in a meeting with UN General Assembly (UNGA) president Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. The minister thanked the Security Council president for highlighting the Kashmir issue at the council meeting. As nearly five months have passed since the lockdown on the Kashmir valley.

He said, “This is the second time in five months when the UNSC meeting on Kashmir was carried out. “I was aware of the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to ease tensions in the Middle East. I was aware of the progress of my recent visits to the KSA and Iran.

Qureshi media talk

UNSC meeting on Kashmir
Qureshi in UNSC meeting on Kashmir

After reaching New York, he told the media, “Pakistan is doing everything it can do, to make the situation between Iran and the United States good.” Qureshi spoke to the media. He said his visits to Saudi Arabia and Iran are quite good.

Due to the great pressures in the Middle East after the US killings of Iran leader Qasim Sulaimani and ensuing reprisal by Iran. Prime Minister Imran Khan appoint the foreign minister to visit Iran, KSA, and the US. And their respective Foreign minister and to meet Secretary of State of USA.

FM Qureshi arrived in the US at a time when the UNSC is in a closed-door meeting on Indian-occupied Kashmir. Earlier, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric confirmed the meeting of the UN chief with the foreign minister. He said that it was happening at Pakistan’s request.

The United Nations Department of Peace Operations and Political and Peace Building Affairs organized the meeting. It was attended by representatives from 15 countries.

Zhang Jun about UNSC meeting on Kashmir Issue

Moreover, after the UN meeting on Kashmir, Permanent Representative of China Zhang Jun told the media that according to the Kashmir ground situation, Kashmir has always been on the Security Council agenda. Also the China’s position on Kashmir is clear.

Dmitry Polyanskiy media talk about Pak-India relations

Russia’s delegate Dmitry Polyanskiy said the Kashmir issue is discussed in the closed-door meeting of the Security Council. Russia is keen to normalize Pak-India relations, hopefully, bilateral efforts will resolve differences between Pakistan and India. Even before the meeting, the Russian delegation said in response to a question that they had serious concerns over the Kashmir situation.

Qureshi’s diplomatic meetings

After meeting with UN officials, the Foreign Minister will then visit Washington. Where he will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Also with National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and other top US administration officials. He will also hold meetings in Capitol Hill. Moreover, engage with the media, policy think tanks, and Pakistani discourses.

So, Qureshi will focus on Pakistan’s diplomatic reach following the recent tensions in the Middle East with the US leadership. Foreign Minister Qureshi has already visited Iran and Saudi Arabia. Where he held meetings with the leaders of the two countries. With the aim of finding a peaceful resolution and solution of the dispute between the United States and Iran.


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