China offers mediation between Pakistan and Iran after airstrikes

02:45 PM | 18 Jan, 2024
China offers mediation between Pakistan and Iran after airstrikes
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BEIJING – China on Thursday expressed its readiness to act as a mediator between Pakistan and Iran in the wake of cross-border military operations against militant targets, including an attack acknowledged by Tehran that resulted in the reported deaths of at least seven people.

Mao Ning, the spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, conveyed during a regular press conference, "The Chinese side sincerely hopes that the two sides can exercise calm and restraint and avoid an escalation of tension." She added, "We are also willing to play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation if both sides so wish."

Pakistan and Iran, both possessing nuclear capabilities, grapple with ongoing insurgencies along their sparsely populated border regions.

Pakistan announced on Thursday that it conducted strikes against militant targets in Iran, prompting Tehran to summon the Pakistani charge d'affaires in response to the incident, which resulted in the loss of at least seven lives.

As close partners of Beijing and members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Mao emphasized that Iran and Pakistan hold significance as "friendly countries to China, and countries with important influence."

Meanwhile, Chinese Consul General in Karachi, Yang Yundong, expressed that Beijing is eager to assume a constructive role in resolving differences between Islamabad and Tehran.

Yundong conveyed China's willingness to mediate between Pakistan and Iran, acknowledging them as major countries in the region and the Muslim world. Despite Iran's recent missile attack in Balochistan, Yundong emphasized China's hope for a peaceful resolution through dialogue and other non-aggressive means.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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