NEW YORK: Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi has asked world powers to put their self-interests aside and play their role in establishing peace in South Asia and Middle East.

In an interview Ambassador Lodhi said, extensive international diplomacy is needed to resolve disputes in South Asia and establish peace in the region.

She said Pakistan wants peace in the region and is ready to hold bilateral talks with India to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute.

On the peace and security situation in Afghanistan, Ambassador Lodhi said, peace will only be possible in the country if warring groups come together for talks.