Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has postponed his scheduled meetings with various Japanese dignitaries including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono, during his upcoming Japan visit due to increasing tensions between Pakistan, India and sensitive situation of the region after Pulwama Attack.
FM Qureshi telephoned his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono to apprise him and said “I was scheduled to depart for Japan on February 24 on your invitation in keeping with the continuous and improved relations between the two countries following last year’s Pakistan visit of important Japanese officials”.
“Unfortunately the security and peace situation in South Asia has become complex in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack,” the foreign minister was quoted. “The situation in occupied Kashmir is extremely sensitive,” the foreign minister continued. “I have written to the United National secretary general to play his role in easing tensions and also request Japan to play an active role to do the same.” “In view of this sensitive situation, it is pertinent for me to remain in my country,” the foreign minister said. “Owing to these reasons, I had to postpone my visit,” Qureshi further told Kono.
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17 November, 2019