( IRNA ) - Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz called for a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear issue, stressing that use of force should be avoided.
Addressing foreign ministers of seven key Muslim nations gathered in the Pakistani capital to discuss problems in the region, he underscored the need to refrain from moves that would exacerbate tensions.
"It is vital that all issues msut be resolved through diplomacy and there must be no resort to use of force," he said.
The Pakistani prime minister further stressed that security in the Middle East depends on a fair resolution of the Palestinian issue and that a popular government is crucial to resolution of the issue.
He also called on all Muslim states to contribute to efforts to restore peace and security to Lebanon .
On the critical situation in Iraq , Aziz said it is for the Iraqi people to decide their own fate.
The one-day conference brought together foreign ministers of Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey as well as the secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.