Pak will not allow its soil to be used against any state: Pak FM Qureshi amid growing tensions in the Middle East

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against any other state or become part of any regional conflict, the country's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi He has said amid increased tensions in the Middle East after the US action against I ran .

In telephonic conversations with the foreign ministers of I ran , Saudi Arabia , UAE and Turkey on Sunday, Qureshi reiterated Pakistan 's readiness to continue to play a role in preventing further escalation and maintaining regional peace and stability.

As per an official statement by Pakistan 's ministry of foreign affairs, there was a wide-ranging exchange of views between Qureshi and the four foreign ministers -- I ran 's Javad Zarif, Saudi Arabia 's Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, UAE's Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Turkey 's Mevlut Cavusoglu -- on "the unfolding situation in the region".

"Highlighting Pakistan 's deep concern over the recent developments, the foreign minister underscored the imperative of avoidance of conflict, exercise of maximum restraint, and de-escalation of tensions," the statement read.

Qureshi renewed the call to all interested parties to comply with the UN Charter and the principles for resolving differences by peaceful means.

Tensions in the Middle East has flared following a US airstrike near the Baghdad international airport last week that killed I ran 's elite chief Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, among others.