Pakistan decides to be impartial in Saudi-Qatar row

30 Jun, 2017 6:35 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan has decided to remain impartial in the Saudi-Qatar row during a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Foreign Office on Friday.

He was briefed on important foreign affairs by Advisor to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. Mr. Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance and senior officials of the Foreign Office were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his resolve to continue support the Kashmiris struggling for their independence.

He expressed his disappointment over the complete silence in the US-India joint statement on the atrocities being committed by the Indian security forces against innocent Kashmiris.

The prime minister also reiterated his priority for a peaceful neighbourhood and resolution of disputes through dialogues.

He appreciated China’s role for improving Pak-Afghan relations. He also recalled his recent meeting with President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of SCO Summit and their agreement to evolve a bilateral and quadrilateral mechanism for controlling cross-border terrorism.

The prime minister emphasized the importance of highlighting the unmatched contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan in fighting terrorism and of projecting Pakistan’s soft image. He particularly stressed that Pakistan should progressively end its reliance on foreign assistance and funding by developing and generating its own resources.

Nawaz Sharif expressed satisfaction over the status of strategic partnership with China and the launch of CPEC, reviving the strategic dialogue with the US, strong relations with Russia, major improvement in relations with Central Asia culminating in Pakistan’s membership of SCO.


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