Pak pur­sues pol­icy based on na­tional in­ter­ests: FO

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan has pur­sued for­eign pol­icy based on na­tional in­ter­ests and un­der the guid­ance of the coun­try's lead­er­ship with dili­gence, hon­our and dig­nity to pro­mote bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with all re­gional and other coun­tries dur­ing 2010, said For­eign Of­fice Spokesman Ab­dul Ba­sit.

Ad­dress­ing a weekly brief­ing, last of 2010, here at For­eign Of­fice on Thurs­day, Ab­dul Ba­sit said," The year 2010 has been a very busy year for For­eign Of­fice. We have been able to in­ject more vigour and sub­stance into our ef­forts to­wards pur­su­ing our broad for­eign pol­icy ob­jec­tives of peace and devel­op­ment."

The spokesman said that Pak­istan's for­eign pol­icy con­tin­ued to be driven by its na­tional in­ter­ests and guided by the pur­poses and prin­ci­ples en­shrined in the United Na­tions Char­ter.

He said the year 2010 was end­ing on a high note as the visit to Pak­istan by the Chi­nese Premier this month reaf­firmed the all-weather friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.

"The visit am­ply demon­strated that re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries have been evolved from bi­lat­eral to re­gional and global planes," he added.

The spokesman said, "We are proud of this unique re­la­tion­ship and con­fi­dent that our ties with China will con­tinue to achieve ever new heights in the times to come."

"We have also been able to sus­tain the mo­men­tum in ex­pand­ing our ties with the United States (US) on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect, trust and in­ter­est. The third round of the Pak­istan-US Strate­gic Di­a­logue held in Washington in Oc­to­ber helped push the process for­ward," he added.

The spokesman said, "We are look­ing for­ward to an of­fi­cial visit by our Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari to the United States in the first half of next year and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's visit to Pak­istan in the sec­ond half of 2011."

He said, "Our re­la­tions with the Euro­pean Union have also moved for­ward with the sec­ond Pak­istan-EU Sum­mit in Brus­sels in June which from our side was led by the Prime Min­is­ter."

The Euro­pean Union, he said, fol­low­ing the un­prece­dented floods in Pak­istan, ap­proved trade con­ces­sions to pro­vide greater mar­ket ac­cess to 74 tar­iff lines and the mat­ter now rested with the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion.The spokesman said that the Euro­pean Union (EU) also hosted the Third Min­is­te­rial Meet­ing of the Friends of Demo­cratic Pak­istan (FoDP) in Brus­sels on Oc­to­ber 15. -App

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