Qureshi to leave for UAE, Emirates mediating India, Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is leaving for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday.

This would be Qureshi’s official visit to the Emirates is in the backdrop of confirmation by the Emirati Ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba, who said Pakistani and Indian officials had travelled to Dubai for backdoor negotiations.

Sources told The News that Qureshi was also expected to travel to Tehran and Turkey.

Meanwhile, earlier when the Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafiz Chaudhry was asked at the weekly media briefing about Ambassador Otaiba’s statement, “We wish to get their bilateral ties back to a healthy, functional relationship,” he responded positively.

The annual threat assessment report – 2021 prepared by the office of the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and sent to the US Congress on Tuesday said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is more likely to respond with military force to “perceived or real” provocations from Pakistan, warns a US intelligence report sent to Congress this week.

The report identifies China’s “push for global power” as the number one threat to US interests followed Russia’s provocative actions and threats from Iran.