NEW YORK: Pakistan has welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that ended violence in Gaza.
In a tweet, Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that this is the power of collective action.
“This is the power of collective, unified action; this is the effort of every person and every nation, together for a just cause. May this ceasefire be the 1st step towards peace in Palestine,” he said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also had a meeting with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal Bin Farhan al Saud in New York.
This comes as Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire across the Gaza Strip border on Friday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Israel accepted the Egyptian proposal after a late-night meeting of his security cabinet. Hamas quickly followed suit and said it would honour the deal.
Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency said the truce would take effect at 2 am, 21st of May (4 Am – Pakistan Standard Time/PST), roughly three hours after the announcement.