ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has emphasized the need for addressing challenges facing the country before they complicate further.
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He was speaking at the concluding session of the three days conference of Pakistani envoys to important capitals and multilateral institutions in Islamabad on Wednesday.
“There are issues on which Pakistan has concerns and it expects other countries to take care of them,” the Prime Minister said. “Other countries might also have legitimate concerns and we will have to understand them,” he added.
Earlier Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while addressing the moot said Pakistan is today more connected with the world than before.
He was giving a gist of conclusions and recommendations emerging from the three day conference of Pakistani envoys at its concluding session in Islamabad today.
Mr Sartaj Aziz said the objective assessment of three years does not support the view being projected in a section of media that Pakistan is being isolated and its foreign policy lags directions.
Sartaj Aziz said we are, in fact, now more integrated than before. He said Prime Minister’s vision of a strong, vibrant and prosperous Pakistan and peaceful neighbourhood has been pursued with great dedication.
He said monumental achievements of the Government in foreign policy are reflected in the CPEC and strategic partnership with China. Similarly, Pakistan has today more engagement and cooperation with Central Asian Republics as reflected in CASA-1000 electricity import project and TAPI gas pipeline project.
The Advisor said Pakistan achieved full membership of SCO reflecting new geo-political re-alignment of the region, which will prove that Pakistan is on the right side of history.
He also noted that Pakistan resumed strategic dialogue with the United States and further broadened agenda of security and economic development while protecting Pakistan’s vital national interests.
He said Pakistan also has strong ties with European Union and Russian Federation.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has expanded its ties with the Muslim world and it is because of this that despite decline in oil prices last year, Pakistan exported nine hundred and fifty thousand workers. These include 523 million to Saudi Arabia and 326 million to UAE which is a big addition in a single year to our work force abroad.
He also dwelt at Pakistan’s active role in UN and other regional bodies.