ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan has taken a strong position against the intervention of foreign forces in Syria, and such a position is altogether different than the expectation of the United States that is proposing to resolve the Syrian crises through intervention of foreign forces, such as it did in Libya.
Pakistan joined the group of countries supporting the Syrian government on Thursday and warned against foreign interference and military intervention in the 17-month-old conflict.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was one of the three foreign ministers who attended an international consultative meeting on the Syrian crisis hosted by Iran.
"It is our considered view that any outside intervention would further complicate an already very complex situation. It must be avoided," Ms. Khar said at the conference attended by about 25 countries, most of which were represented at the ambassadorial level.
She urged the international community to respect Syria's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.
Besides Pakistan, representatives from Russia, China, Belarus, Mauritania, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Benin, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Oman, Venezuela, Tajikistan, India, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Sudan, Jordan, Tunisia, and Palestine attended the conference.
On Friday, the Pakistan Foreign Office eliminated all ambiguity over this issue stating categorically that Pakistan wants a peaceful resolution of the issue based on the principles of non-intervention, non-interference, and, of course, non-use of force.
Record of the Press Briefing held on August 10