What happened: On Tuesday, The Foreign Office debunked the rumor that Pakistan might be considering to accept Israel as a sovereign state. FO spokesperson said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “statements in this context have been clear and unequivocal”
Background: The statement comes a day after reports came out regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom. The reports were later denied by Saudi Arabia.
A new report by Middle East Eye (MEE) quoted Prime Minister Imran Khan that Pakistan was facing pressure by the US to recognise Israel in the wake of deals between Tel Aviv and several Arab countries.
But Islamabad could not take the step “unless there is a just settlement, which satisfies Palestine”.