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Monday, July 15, 2024

Pakistan Declines Invitation to Ukraine Peace Summit

Pakistan decides not to attend the Ukraine Peace Summit due to other commitments, emphasizing its dedication to global peace and addressing regional security concerns.

Pakistan has decided not to participate in the upcoming Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland, as confirmed by the Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday. During a media briefing, FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated that the summit, scheduled for June 15 and 16, coincided with other commitments that preclude Pakistan’s involvement. She emphasized that Pakistan remains at the forefront of global peace efforts and will continue to advocate for diplomatic resolutions to conflicts worldwide.

The decision comes as Pakistan faces increasing diplomatic challenges in the wake of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. More than two years after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Islamabad had been invited to this international conference for the first time. While Pakistan’s participation was initially under consideration, the final decision reflects the country’s prioritization of its existing commitments and strategic interests.

Diplomatic Relations and Ongoing Efforts

In addressing the current state of Pakistan-India relations, Baloch noted that there has been no recent exchange of letters between the two countries. She refuted Indian media reports, attributing them to speculation. “Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has already congratulated Narendra Modi via a tweet when he assumed office,” she said, highlighting the customary diplomatic practice of congratulating newly elected leaders.

Baloch also discussed Pakistan’s repatriation plan for illegal foreign residents, confirming that the implementation is ongoing. She underscored Pakistan’s persistent concerns about terrorism, specifically addressing Afghanistan regarding individuals wanted for terrorism who are residing there. These communications are part of Pakistan’s broader strategy to enhance national security and regional stability.

Security Concerns and Strategic Partnerships

In her briefing, Baloch expressed optimism about the future of Pakistan-China relations. She anticipated progress in their strategic cooperative partnership, particularly concerning the protection of Chinese citizens in Pakistan. The bilateral relations and all security measures are outlined in a joint statement between the two nations, reflecting a mutual commitment to maintaining and enhancing their partnership.

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The spokesperson also commented on the high-profile case of Khadija Shah, assuring that it would be resolved according to Pakistani laws, with the courts having the final say. This statement comes amid ongoing legal proceedings and public interest in the case.

It is noteworthy that China has also opted not to attend the Ukraine Peace Conference. Russia has suggested that Beijing views the conference as ineffective without Russian involvement, a sentiment that adds complexity to the international diplomatic landscape.

Pakistan’s decision to abstain from the summit aligns with its broader foreign policy objectives and existing international commitments. As Islamabad navigates these challenges, it continues to assert its role in promoting global peace and addressing regional security concerns.