US State Dept praises PM Khan’s “off-ramp” diplomacy to defuse Iran tensions

An official from the US State Department has revealed that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was one of the world leaders who engaged in an “off-ramp” diplomacy to defuse recent tensions between Iran and the United States.

According the State Department spokesperson, “the off-ramp has been there for three years. The Iranians keep projecting it. And it’s not just us.”

“French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Prime Minister Khan in Pakistan and Sultan of Oman — all these countries from all parts of the world have reached out to the regime” in Iran, the State Department official further added.

It is worth noting that soon after the assassination of Iran’s influential military commander Qassem Soleimani by the United States in Baghdad on Friday, Pakistan urged both Iran and the US to show restraint and avoid further escalation.

Pakistan has also warned the global community that any escalation in tensions could also jeopardize the Afghan peace process.

“Some elements, who have long been waiting for this [kind of] moment, may take advantage and try to derail the Afghan peace process,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said during his speech in Pakistani Parliament’s Upper House (Senate).

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