​Pakistan extends olive branch to Afghanistan, India

The News , 20 Aug 2018 13:15

Reporter : حفیظ‌الله رجبی

Pakistani newly appointed Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday vowed to review Pakistan's foreign policy and said that he would send a message of peace towards India and Afghanistan.

Talking to media at the Foreign Office after taking oath, the minister said country’s foreign policy would focus on improving the standard of life of common man through economic diplomacy and international engagement.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to Imran Khan in which he has expressed desire to start dialogue with Pakistan, Qureshi added.
There are multiple challenges that we are facing in this region, he said adding that some forces were bent upon pushing us towards global isolation as the previous government didn’t appoint a permanent foreign minister for four years.

‘National Consensus’
Inviting former foreign ministers for consultations, Qureshi noted that the PTI government understands the gravity of problems and would like to seek advice from opposition parties. He invited Khawaja Mohammad Asif and Hina Rabbani Khar for a meeting before the important session of United National General Assembly scheduled in September.

'Visit to Kabul’
Stressing on the importance of ties with Afghanistan, Qureshi expressed desire to make his first foreign trip to Kabul with concrete proposals to improve bilateral relations. We want to open a new chapter with Afghanistan, he added.

‘Ties with India’
The FM maintained that both India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed nations and cannot afford any adventurism. I will approach New Dehli with a message of peace and shall remind the Indian government that dialogue is the only option, the PTI minister said.

Non-career diplomats’
The foreign minister said that the ministry will review performances of all the missions and of non-career diplomats posted at various embassies around the world and only after that assessment decision would be made to retain them.
It has to be performance based, he said.

‘CPEC game-changer’
When asked to comment on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he said that the CPEC is a game changer for Pakistan and is a very important project for us. I will invite Chinese envoy to have a detailed briefing on where we stand and how to move forward, added Qureshi. 

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