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President Musharraf calls for pursuing course of flexibility for lasting peace in ME

18 May, 2007

ISLAMABAD: President General Pervez Musharraf talks with Foreign Minister of Syria Walid Al Moallem during a meeting in Islamabad.
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ISLAMABAD: President general Pervez Musharraf has stressed all the stake holders will have to pursue the course of flexibility and compromise for resolution of conflicts and lasting peace in the Middle East.

"All the sides should demonstrate flexibility and tread the path of compromise for resolution of conflicts. If we come out of the shell of ego, these problems can be sorted out," he said this while talking to foreign minister of Syria Walid al-Moallem who called on the president here Thursday.

Official sources told Online a range of issues including situation of Iraq, Palestine, Middle East and relations between Pakistan and Syria featured in the discussion.

President lauded holding of OIC foreign ministers conference during his meeting with the Syrian foreign minister saying joint sitting of Muslim countries will bring unity and harmony which is need of hour.

There is dire need that the issue of Palestine is settled, Golan Heights are returned to Syria and positive attitude is adopted to resolve the conflicts facing other Muslim Countries so that peace could be ensured, he urged.

President Musharraf urged Palestinian groups to observe the sanctity of Mecca meeting and shun their differences. He also stressed that sovereignty of Iraq and safety of its geographical frontiers be ensured saying the bloody incidents in Iraq are matters of grave concern. The international community should play its role for normalization of situation therein.

President underscored the need for bolstering cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment and energy with Syria saying both the countries should move forward with bringing improvement in their bilateral cooperation and interaction.

Foreign minister of Syria appreciated the policies being pursued by the president general Pervez Musharraf and congratulated him on successful holding of OIC foreign ministers conference. He also exchanged views with the president General Pervez Musharraf on Middle East situation and matters related to Golan Heights.

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Reader Comments:

President should concentrate on his own stability.

The main problem in the Middle East is lack of democracy in Arabs. In fact this problem is sizzling in President's own country, Pakistan. Israel knows this weakness and is capitalising on it in league with America. Royalty and dictatorship are out of favour in this age. In a democracy, two mainstream political parties alternate power with majority at the polls. One keeps a watchdog on the other. Both have inbuilt nurseries, wherefrom emerge future leaders. These also have think tanks, who provide feedback to them. The SC should ask the President about his constituency and if the military has such nurseries as well as think tanks?

Sher Mohammad, Pakistan - 18 May, 2007

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