US-Iran tensions a threat to regional peace, says Qureshi


BRUSSELS: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday warned that escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States is a serious threat to the regional peace.

While addressing the Political and Security Committee of the European Union in Brussels, he said that Pakistan has concerns over the new developments and how relations between both countries are becoming sour with the passage of each day.

“Sending US combat warship carrying fighter jets to the Persian Gulf pose a serious threat to peace,” Qureshi said.

He further said that an unstable Iran can derail the peace in this region and Pakistan being the neighbour would suffer the most. This will also affect the Afghan Peace Process, he added.

“Pakistan believes that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a significant achievement and must be preserved, especially when IAEA had repeatedly verified that Iran was strictly adhering to the terms of the agreement. We recognize and welcome the EU’s efforts aimed at preservation of the agreement and ensuring the implementation of agreed commitments,” he concluded.