Pakistan has urged for a de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of finding a diplomatic solution in accordance with applicable multilateral agreements, international law, and provisions of the United Nations Charter to evacuate Pakistanis from Ukraine.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s deep worry over the new developments in Ukraine during a phone conversation with his Russian equivalent, Sergey Lavrov.
As reported by Radio Pakistan, Foreign Minister Qureshi stressed that the safe and prompt repatriation of Pakistani citizens from Ukraine remained the government’s top priority and asked the Russian government’s aid and facilitation in this respect. The Russian Foreign Minister pledged that the country will provide full help on this matter.
Aside from bilateral relations, the two foreign ministers also spoke about the current situation.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi recalled his recent trip to Russia, where he was a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s group, and claimed that the two sides had engaged in extensive discussions on a wide range of issues, including Afghanistan, that was important to both countries and the region.
In response to the terrorist attack on a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, on March 4, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed his country’s sincere condolences and reaffirmed Russia’s denunciation of terrorism in all its manifestations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also stated that the Russian side would be following up on the major bilateral issues that had been discussed and that the two countries will continue their collaborative efforts to promote the shared goals of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, also spoke about recent phone conversations he has had with his counterparts in Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and Hungary as well as the High Representative of the European Union, in which he has reiterated Pakistan’s principled position and emphasized the importance of finding a solution through dialogue and diplomacy.
He expressed the hope that the talks that have been launched between Russia and Ukraine will result in the achievement of a diplomatic settlement.
FM Lavrov conveyed Russia’s perspective on the situation, referred to the opening of the “humanitarian corridor,” and stated that Russia is prepared to engage in the next round of negotiations with the Ukrainian government.
The two Ministers agreed to continue to communicate regularly.