Pakistan, Iran agree on urgent steps to prevent Gaza conflict escalation.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan and Iran have agreed on taking urgent steps to prevent Gaza conflict from escalating, media reported on Monday.

Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani telephonically spoke to his counterparts from Iran and Egypt and discussed the crisis in Gaza including the killing of civilians.

The foreign minister, in the conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hossien Amir Abdollahian, also discussed the large-scale displacement of the Palestinians from their homes.

Both sides agreed that urgent steps were needed to prevent conflict from escalating and the provision of humanitarian assistance as part of efforts for a coordinated response to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

FM Jilani also spoke to the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri.

In the conversation, the stressed preventing conflict from escalating, protecting civilians from collective punishment, starvation and displacement. The foreign minister also assured of Pakistan's humanitarian assistance.

In view of the human tragedy unfolding in Gaza, Pakistan has decided to immediately dispatch humanitarian relief assistance to Gaza, to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian brothers and sisters.

In a statement, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson...

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