Luxembourg FM offers mediation between Indo-Pak tensions


Luxembourg, Luxembourg FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi Pakistan India Jean Asselbonr
07 Mar, 2019 4:14 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Luxembourg Foreign Minister (FM) Jean Asselbonr on Thursday praised the positive and effective role of Pakistan for peace establishment in the region, offering that his country was ready to mediate between the two countries.

During a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, FM Jean Asselborn said, “no one wants war between Pakistan and India” and offered to play a constructive role as mediator for peace between the arch rivals.

He also acknowledged Islamabad’s role in Afghanistan reconciliation process, saying that the Luxembourg government was in favour of an early resolution of the issue through dialogues between the Afghan government and Taliban.

Luxembourg FM expresses concerns over Pakistan, India tension

Expressing concern over the recent escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the February 14 Pulwama attack, Asselborn said Luxembourg is desirous of peace and stability in the region and offered that his country was ready to mediate between the two countries.

Luxembourgian FM admired Prime Minister Imran Khan for his efforts in defusing tensions with India in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident and releasing captured Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a peace gesture. “No one wants war between Pakistan and India,” he said.

Asselborn says Int’l community raised concerns over IHK issue

Luxembourg FM said that the international community has raised concerns over the current situation of Indian-held jammu Kashmir (IHK). Asselborn said Luxembourg and Pakistan have agreed to increase cooperation in trade and other sectors that would expand bilateral relations of both countries.

While addressing a joint press conference, FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he has discussed the regional situation with Luxembourg counterpart and clarified the position of Pakistan over recent escalation with India.

“Pakistan desired longstanding peace establishment in the region and Islamabad exhibited tolerance despite aggressive moves by the New Delhi,” he said.

He said that violation of ceasefire line had made from Indian side despite the assurance of investigation into Pulwama incident by Pakistan. Qureshi added that Islamabad has invited India for dialogues on every platform.

The foreign minister said that the Pakistani authorities handed back Indian pilot as a peace gesture.

FM Qureshi said that initiation of summit-level dialogues between Pakistan and the European Union (EU) were discussed with the Luxembourgian foreign minister. Agreements related to the dialogues will be signed in the next session, he added.

Qureshi said the EU was a major trade partner and it holds prime importance for Pakistan as Islamabad wants to become a business partner of the European Union. He announced that his German counterpart was expected to visit Pakistan soon.

Pakistan, Luxembourg agree cooperation in diverse fields

Earlier today, FM Qureshi held meeting with a delegation led by Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. FM Qureshi thanked his Luxembourgian counterpart for paying his first visit to Pakistan.

Both leaders also exchanged views on bilateral relations, trade and matters of mutual interests. The foreign ministers of both countries agreed exchange of delegations for enhancing bilateral ties besides cooperation in science, technology and education sectors.

“FM of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn, called on FM Qureshi at FO today. Wide range of regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest discussed. Peace and security situation in the region also discussed. It was decided to enhance bilateral cooperation in multiple spheres,” the Foreign Office tweeted.

Foreign Minister Asselborn called on Qureshi at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted.


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