UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — In response to recent developments related to Tehran and Washington and the strengthening of the US military presence in the Persian Gulf, the Pakistani government has described US actions as troubling. Islamabad believes that this US move will heighten tensions in the region.
“Islamabad is aware of the reports of the presence of the carrier group and American fighter-bombers in the region,” Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said at a weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday. And to continue: “Pakistan opposes any tension and urges both parties to exercise restraint and resolve their differences through dialogue.”
He said the deployment of the carrier group and American fighter aircraft in the region would aggravate an already precarious security situation in the Middle East.
He also said that Islamabad was in constant contact with Tehran.
Earlier, the Pakistani foreign minister said that Pakistan is reviewing developments related to Iran and the United States, and that Islamabad will develop a clear policy taking into account the situation in the region.
“Pakistan is closely following the tensions between Iran and the United States,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly, Qureshi said Pakistan was concerned about rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.
He warned that any conflict could have negative consequences for the entire region, including Pakistan.
“So we need to develop a clear strategy in this regard,” he added. And conclude: “Islamabad has set up an advisory committee of five former vice ministers of foreign affairs to examine developments related to Iran and the United States.”
A spokesman for the French army staff said his country had not stepped up its patrols in the Persian Gulf.
At a press conference Thursday at the French Ministry of Defense, a spokesman for the staff of the French army, Colonel Patrick Steiger, said that to his knowledge, Paris had not reinforced his patrol operations in the Persian Gulf.
He said no conclusions were reached regarding “sabotage operations” against Saudi and Emirati vessels inside the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
He said French experts had joined the investigation team to shed light on these explosions.
According to the Lebanese news channel Al-Mayadeen, very strong explosions rocked the port of Fujairah in the UAE on Sunday (May 12th).
The UAE authorities initially denied the news, but the Foreign Ministry eventually announced that four tankers had indeed been damaged in these explosions.
With 1.8 million barrels of crude oil a day, the port of Fujairah is the largest oil export port in the United Arab Emirates.
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