Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has arrived in Mashhad as part of Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts to diffuse tensions in the Middle East.
On his arrival, Governor Mashhad Ali Reza Razm Hosseini warmly welcomed him.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited Imam Reza shrine and made special prayers for the security of Pakistan and the unity and solidarity of the Muslim Ummah.
According to the details, speaking on the occasion, the Foreign Minister said it is an honor for him to begin his visit by visiting this holy site.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked Governor Mashhad for making best arrangements for three million Pakistani pilgrims who visit the place annually.
The Foreign Minister is paying this visit on the special directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He is scheduled to visit Tehran to meet his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif to exchange views on the prevailing situation in the region.
Foreign Minister will also visit Riyadh tomorrow to hold talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and consult on the issues of regional peace and stability.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Iran’s confession of unintentionally shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane is likely to reduce concerns over the matter.
The FM said in his statement that the region cannot afford another war.
He stressed that Pakistan will continue to play its role in lessening the ongoing tensions.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi told that he is leaving for Iran on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directions.
He said he will hold meetings with the Iranian leadership.
Conflict between Iran and the United States should be cut down and US President Donald Trump’s recent statement is a ray of hope in this regard, Qureshi said.