Pakistan-Iran conflict: China offers mediation after strikes

Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif and President of Iran HE Ebrahim Raisi. [Photo/ Twitter/PakPMO]

China has declared its willingness to mediate between Pakistan and Iran following an exchange of fire targeting militant elements in their border region, AFP reported.

The incidents, including a strike acknowledged by Tehran that resulted in the deaths of at least seven civilians, prompted China to step in diplomatically.

In a regular press conference, foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning stated, “The Chinese side sincerely hopes that the two sides can exercise calm and restraint and avoid an escalation of tension.”

She went on to express China’s readiness to play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation if both Pakistan and Iran desire such intervention, as reported by the international news agency.

Both Pakistan and Iran, grappling with ongoing insurgencies along their sparsely populated border regions, have seen recent military actions. Pakistan confirmed conducting strikes against militant targets in Iran, leading to Tehran summoning the Pakistani charge d’affaires in response to the attack and condemning the loss of civilian lives.

China, a close partner to both nations and a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation along with Pakistan and Iran, has reiterated its commitment to fostering peaceful resolutions.

Mao emphasised that Iran and Pakistan are “friendly countries to China, and countries with important influence.” The diplomatic intervention by China reflects its efforts to maintain stability and cooperation within the region.

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