Pakistan expresses concern over drone strike; US Ambassador called in by SAPM

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ISLAMABAD, May 23 (APP): Pakistan on Monday expressed
its concern over the drone strike in its territory on Saturday
and described it “a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a
breach of the United Nations Charter”.

“The Ambassador of the United States, David Hale was
called in today by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on
Foreign Affairs (SAPM), Syed Tariq Fatemi, to express concern over the drone strike on Pakistani territory on Saturday, May 21, 2016,” a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said.

In the meeting, Tariq Fatemi pointed out that the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a
breach of the United Nation’s Charter that guarantees the
inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member
states.

He also emphasized that such actions could adversely
impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination
Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan
Government and the Taliban.

The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister also underlined that Pakistan and the United States had been closely coordinating in the fight against the menace of terrorism and that this cooperation needed to be maintained, the press release added.