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UK’s Theresa And Qatar’s Amir Welcome Indian Pilot’s Release, Call For De-Escalation

Both leaders hold telephonic conversation with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

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LAHORE MIRROR REPORT– UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani contacted Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan over telephone today and welcomed him for releasing Indian pilot as a peace gesture. 

Both leaders also stressed the need for both India and Pakistan to de-escalate border tensions.

In a telephonic conversation with Imran Khan, the British PM said the UK was in touch with both sides in that regard, a Foreign Office statement said.

The prime minister apprised his British counterpart of Pakistan’s perspective on the developments since the Pulwama incident.

Prime Minister May said the prime minister’s decision of releasing the Indian pilot had been widely appreciated by the international community.

Prime Minister Khan invited to UK prime minister for a visit to Pakistan, who reciprocated the invitation.

Qatar’s Emir lauds Pakistan’s gestures

Separately, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan and appreciated Pakistan’s gesture of releasing the Indian Prisoner of War.

Pakistan had released Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday who was captured when his MiG 21 military aircraft was shot down by the Pakistan Air Force for violating the Pakistani
airspace.

The Qatari Emir underscored the importance of immediate de-escalation and offered his facilitation in this regard, the Foreign Office Spokesman said in a statement on Sunday.

According to Qatar News Agency, the two leaders exchanged views on the regional and international developments, especially the differences between Pakistan and India. The Qatari Emir called for calm between the two neighboring countries.