KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated on Monday that Pakistan supports all efforts to facilitate a peaceful Syrian solution through a comprehensive political dialogue involving the entire spectrum of Syrian politics, including the government and opposition factions.
According to an official handout, the president stated this while speaking to Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad who called on him at the Bilawal House. The meeting was attended by Director Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Ghassan Dallah, Syrian Chargé d’affaires Islamabad Dr Ali Muhra, Spokesperson to the President, Senator Farhatullah Babar, and Jalil Abbas Jilani,
The president said that Pakistan firmly believed that Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty must be respected and any outside interference would only complicate an already complex situation, which could result in serious consequences for neighboring countries. The drive for peace in Syria must be led and owned by the Syrian People, he said.
Farhatullah Babar said the president, while expressing concerns at the fast deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Syria, appreciated the efforts being made by Lakhdar Brahimi, joint representative of UN and League of Arab States (UN-LAS) and expressed hope that he would be able to convince the protagonists to resolve their differences through negotiations.
Highlighting Pakistan’s stance on the Syrian issue, the president said Pakistan’s position on the situation in Syria in the UN was based on the principle of non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of Syria and we do not support regime change in any country by external forces.
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