Middle East situation affecting Pakistan as well: Musharraf
29 March, 2007
RIYADH: President General Pervez Musharraf has said that the situation in the Middle East is affecting Pakistan in addition to the Arab countries.
In his address at the Arab League`s Summit on Wednesday President General Pervez Musharraf said by shifting the Palestinian resistance in a positive direction significant results can be extracted.
The Muslim countries have the potential to solve the problems. For the solution of the Palestine issue practical steps are being taken. He thanked King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the conference. He said the efforts made by the King Abdullah towards chalking out a strategy for the solution of the issue are bearing its responses now.
He expressed his hope that with the agreement between Palestinian President Mehmood Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mashel the situation will improve. All Muslim countries are gathering at a single point for solving the crisis. Our joint efforts will surely bear fruits as so far the progress made since the Makkah conference is exemplary.
President General Pervez Musharraf has said that Iran has an important role in the region whereas there is bloodshed in Iraq. Muslim countries are surrounded by problems and crises. He quoted the Chinese proverb "where there is a crisis there is an opportunity". We cannot close our eyes to the situation.
He said solution of Kashmir problem is necessary and for the same process of dialogue with Kashmir is on.
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyab Erdogan has discussed certain issues with President General Pervez Musharraf in a special meeting here on Wednesday.
Both the leader stressed to resolve the Ummah problems with collective efforts of Muslim countries, he held.
“Peace can not be restored without resolving Palestine issue,” they opined.
Both leaders agreed to enhance political and financial relations between the two countries.