Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Pakistani Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi
On January 9, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on Pakistan’s initiative.
The ministers discussed the situation developing in the Middle East after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iranian Quds Force commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, by the US military near Baghdad and Iran’s retaliatory steps. Mr Lavrov noted that Washington’s actions, in breach of international law, were fraught with grave consequences for peace and stability in the region. It was also reiterated that interstate differences should be resolved by peaceful diplomatic methods at a negotiating table.
The ministers expressed similar views on the state of affairs in the Syrian settlement and efforts to overcome the crisis in Libya. Shah Mehmood Qureshi appreciated the results of talks between the presidents of Russia and Turkey in Istanbul on January 8.
In discussing bilateral relations, they acknowledged the steady progress on a mutually beneficial basis.