TEHRAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday called on Iranian President Dr Hassan Rouhani and urged him to use diplomatic means to dial down tensions in the region and resolve matters amicably.
The foreign minister reached Tehran earlier in the day on the first leg of two-nation visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss peace and share Pakistanís perspective on Middle East tensions.
The visit comes in the wake recent developments which have seriously risked peace and security in an already volatile region and requires immediate and collective efforts for a peaceful resolution.
During his meeting with President Rouhani that encompassed the US-Iran tension, regional peace and the multifaceted Pak-Iran ties, the foreign minister said both the countries enjoyed deep historic, religious, and cultural brotherhood.
Qureshi thanked the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian president on behalf of Prime Minister Imran for raising their voice against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir and supporting Pakistanís stand.
While presenting Pakistanís perspective on the regional situation, the foreign minister emphasised the resolution of the issues amicably by utilising the diplomatic channels.
He also apprised the Iranian president about his recent conversation with the foreign ministers of different countries. He said the recent statements from Iranian side were encouraging as Pakistan believes the region could not afford any more tension or confrontation.
The foreign minister reiterated that Pakistan would not join any war in the region, but it would continue playing its vibrant and positive role for establishment of peace in the region.
President Rouhani lauded the peace-building efforts by Pakistan and clarified that Iran did not want to increase tension in the region.
After concluding his visit to Iran, Qureshi would leave for Riyadh to hold talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and consult on regional peace and stability.
Earlier in the day, Qureshi arrived in Tehran accompanied by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood. They were warmly received by Director General of Iranian Foreign Ministry Syed Rasool Musavi and senior officials of the Pakistan Embassy.