ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has appreciated Russia’s role in finding a political solution of the Afghanistan issue and the two sides agreed that peace and stability in Afghanistan was in the best interest of all.
Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated in a meeting with Ambassdor Alexey Y. Dedov of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.
The two sides appreciated the positive developments in bilateral relations and agreed to translate the existing friendship into a multidimensional strategic partnership.
During the meeting, issues of mutual interest and cooperation, including trade and investment, peace and security, energy and defence cooperation were discussed. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said that we want peace with all our neighbours.
Addressing a ceremony regarding completion of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) first 100 days in government at the Convention Centre Thursday, he said that their neighbour wanted to weaken Pakistan, adding that they could not present Pakistan’s case before the world because of absence of a lawyer.
The minister said that they decided to make their foreign office more interactive and started cultural diplomacy. When PTI was creating its manifesto, it was very clear that the enemies of Pakistan wanted it to go into isolation, said Qureshi.
“It is for peace that I decided to make my first foreign trip to Afghanistan,” he added.
Qureshi went on to say that he is going to make an advisory council with those patriotic people who may not be serving but have brilliant strategies to share.
“Pakistan wants peace and we have taken concrete steps for it,” he said and added the vivid proof was seen where the world witnessed their peace initiative of the opening of the Kartarpur Border.
He said: “Under the leadership of PM Imran Khan, we have taken the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project a step further,” adding that rather than just infrastructural development, the CPEC is now focused on human development.
We will provide livelihoods and more to people, he vowed. Agencies