NEW YORK: Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi remarked on Monday that regional tensions and big power politics in the Middle East can trigger a wider conflict.
Speaking at the UN Security Council (UNSC) debate on the Middle East and North Africa, Lodhi said the geostrategic landscape of the Middle East is dominated by a complex interplay of multiple and intersecting fault-lines.
She added, competing interests of regional and big powers have fueled greater instability and pushed the region into a vortex of turmoil and violence.
According to the Pakistani envoy, a comprehensive approach is needed to effectively address the multiple challenges.
“Anything less would not work — for we know all too well that unilateral measures driven by narrow interests and false assumptions have only brought suffering to the people of the region,” she emphasised.
The Pakistani ambassador also criticised those external actors in the region who were trying to shape it according to their…