ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday met Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr Riyad Al Maliki on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and underscored the importance of the two-state solution based on pre-1967 borders under the relevant UNSC resolutions for sustainable peace in the region, said a statement by the Foriegn Office.

He also expressed strong concerns on the latest Israeli strikes against Gaza after the recent ceasefire.

Foreign Minister Maliki discussed with Qureshi the latest situation in Palestine. He also conveyed “deep appreciation on behalf of the Palestinian president to the FM for proactively taking up the case of Palestine at the UN General Assembly during the recent Israeli aggression against Gaza”.

Both FMs exchanged views on rising Islamophobia and agreed on the need for evolving a joint strategy to counter discrimination against all religious faiths, particularly Muslims.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Maliki to visit Pakistan. Foreign Minister Maliki accepted the invitation and responded that he looked forward to visiting Pakistan in the near future.


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