UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday (Jan 15) with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at UN headquarters. “The Secretary-General reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability in South Asia through political dialogue, diplomatic solutions and respect for human rights,” according to a statement by the secretary general’s office.
On the meeting, Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in statement that Qureshi briefed Guterres on the “grave” situation in the Indian-administered Kashmir, which had been under an ongoing security and communication lockdown for the last 150 days.
Welcoming the UNSC meeting on Kashmir, which reaffirmed its disputed status, Qureshi urged the international community, including the UN to “act decisively and take immediate steps to halt these dangerous policies, discourage India from provoking a conflict with Pakistan, and avert humanitarian catastrophe, and growing danger to South Asian peace and stability,” the statement added.
Qureshi also briefed Guterres on Islamabad’s ongoing efforts to defuse tensions in the region through proactive engagement with Iran, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
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