Conspiracy to discredit Islam in Middle East cause of concern: Lodhi

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Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi said on Saturday the conspiracy to discredit Islam in the Middle East was a cause of concern.

Dr Lodhi emphasised that the security and sovereignty of all countries should be respected. She added that Islam teaches love, brotherhood, tolerance and humanity.

According to Dr Lodhi, the UN Security Council can contribute to restoring peace and defeating extremist and violent groups by helping to evolve a global consensus on the principles and structure for the solution of the challenges confronted in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine.

“In this, the Council cannot but adhere to the principles of the UN Charter and its own unimplemented Resolutions.”

Dr Lodhi’s statements come in the backdrop of Saudi Arabia and a coalition of regional allies launching air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday, the start of a military operation to protect the government.