Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is expected to arrive in New York today to meet with the leadership of the United Nations and attend a United Nations Security Council meeting on Kashmir.

What’s going on?

The Foreign Minister is will be meeting with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande during his visit.

At a regular briefing on Tuesday, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric confirmed the UN chief’s meeting with the foreign minister, saying it was taking place at Pakistan’s request.

In response to a question, the spokesperson stated that Guterres had been advocating dialogue between India and Pakistan in an effort to resolve outstanding problems and that any solution should take into account the human rights situation in Kashmir.

What else is on the FM’s agenda?

Qureshi is also planning on visiting Washington where he will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brian and other senior US administration officials. He is further scheduled to have meetings on the Capitol Hill, as well as engagements with the media, policy think tanks and the Pakistani diaspora.

Qureshi’s visit to United States comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran after the former killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad. Iran retaliated by targeting a US troops base in Iraq.

The foreign minister, in his talks with the US leadership, will focus on Pakistan’s diplomatic outreach, which has been undertaken on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, in the wake of the recent tensions in the Middle East.

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