Foreign Minister of Pakistan in US says Iran does not seek war

Foreign Minister of Pakistan in US says Iran does not seek war.

He said this while addressing a press conference at the end of his visit to Washington on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quresi said during his visit to Iran, he got message that Iran doesn’t want escalation.

However, he also clarified position of Pakistan, saying Pakistan government does not claim itself as a mediator.

But, Pakistani calls for de-escalation between US and Iran.

Shah Mehmood said Pakistan wants no war in the region.

Foreign Minister of Pakistan

He also shared his views on his visits to Tehran and Riyadh.

He further said that Pakistan is playing a role for peace.

The FM said warned that the global economy will suffer a lot if a new war starts in the Middle East.

He said that the Iranians do not want to escalate things. “They don´t want war, they don´t want further bloodshed,” Qureshi said.

The foreign minister said that the Iranian leadership has shown a willingness to ease tensions with its Arab neighbors.

The Iranians “highlighted the issues, the differences, they have had with other important countries in the region,” he said.

“They said they are willing to engage at any level and in any format,” Qureshi said.

Tensions increased in the region following the assassination of IRGC Quds force commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and the Deputy Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known as Hash al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes by the US in targeted airstrike against their motorcade in Baghdad airport on 3rd January.

Later Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) targeted US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Al Anbar province in western Iraq in response to the US strikes.

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