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Challenges with neighbors could be replaced with opportunities

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Minister said on Friday that although there were great challenges in relations with neighboring countries that could be replaced with opportunities. He said the government is determined to transform these challenges into opportunity. He said the government is focused on improving socio-economic situation of the country therefore more stress will be laid on improving trade and economic relations with other countries.

He said to improve national foreign policy; it has been decided to form two task forces in the Foreign Office. One of these task forces would work on reformulation of foreign policy keeping in view the future direction while the second task force would work on promoting trade and economic ties with the international community.

Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in the globalized world, interdependence and regional dependence is growing and Pakistan has to adopt a multi-dimensional foreign policy that could achieve the goal of ensuring its food and energy security besides protecting its other interests. He said we have look towards East that is growing on fast pace and we are working to play an active role in those organizations active in Asia including ASEAN, SAARC, ECO and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
He said Pakistan is also determined for promoting peace and stability in the region and would promote its relations with neighborly countries especially China which is our great and time-tested friend.

He said despite enjoying very close relations with China it is disappointing that trade relations between the two countries are not encouraging. He expressed the confidence that in future Pak-China trade relations will move forward with fast pace due to policies adopted by the present government. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan keeping in view its national interests is maintaining close relations with all important countries.

He said all outstanding issues on Pak-Iran gas pipeline project have been resolved and Pakistan is determined not only pursue the pipeline but would also help to further extend it to China. He said Pakistan supports Iran for peaceful use of nuclear energy and international community should resolve the nuclear issue through dialogue. He said relations with Afghanistan are of vital importance for Pakistan and we stand for durable peace and stability there that is key to peace in the region also.-SANA

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Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times
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