Defense, Foreign Minister Dastgir’s Talking Points On Last Day in Office

Jun 1, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Defense and Foreign minister Khurram Dastgir on the last day (Thursday) of the civilian setup, briefed newsmen along with Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal about foreign policy achievements of the PML-N-led government in Islamabad.

Briefly, he highlighted  the following major developments, progress, and Islamabad’s key foreign policy group think going forward:

— Relationship with China is the top most priority of the country’s foreign policy.
— Pakistan entered into strategic partnership with China and launched the historic CPEC project.
— Pakistan tackled challenges through a regional recalibration of its foreign policy.
— “For the first time in history, we also reinforced our relations with Russia and signed a defense agreement with it in 2014.
— “Similarly a concerted effort was made to strengthen relations with central Asian nations.”
— Pakistan wants to get better on the ongoing relationship with USA through dialogue but it is also imperative that USA should acknowledge Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
— Ground realities have changed in Pakistan but the thinking of the US is still stuck in 2011.
— US-Pakistan relations won’t strengthen until Washington changed its thinking.
— The entry of Daish (ISIS) in Afghanistan in the presence of USA and NATO forces was alarming.
— Relations between US and Pakistan cannot strengthen until Washington didn’t hold dialogues with the democratic governments.
— Pakistan will continue to extend its support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.– Pakistan firmly stands with their Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for right to self determination.
— Relations with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran remain robust and continue to evolve.

Engr. Dastgir brushed aside rumors of Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation, terming it as false. “Pakistan continues to engage deeply with regional countries and the world at large,” he said. The focus of foreign policy during the last five years remained on forging regional contacts, he added.

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