ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said trade, investment and scientific collaboration should be the strategic pillars of Pakistan’s foreign Policy.
He was chairing a high-level meeting on Friday to review foreign policy priorities of the country in the wake of recent developments in and around Pakistan and the emerging global and regional scenario.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its continued partnership with the United States and stressed the need for securing peace and stability in the region through sustained dialogue.
He directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare initiatives on Afghanistan and also on building economic and trade linkages to promote Pakistan’s development.
Nawaz Sharif also emphasized to proactively highlight the serious human right violations being committed in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and the denial of the right of self-determination to Kashmiris.
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 dialogue.
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.
Taking note of the virtual suspension of medical visas, especially for those needing urgent transplants, the Prime Minister directed that immediate steps be taken to provide such medical facilities across Pakistan at reasonable prices.
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.
He said that these achievements were facilitated by significant gains made in fighting terrorism and in achieving economic turnaround.—Radio Pakistan