Pakistan helps China’s engagement with Afghanistan: PM's particular assistant

Tariq Fatemi

Prime Minister’s Particular Assistant on International Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi has stated that Pakistan will proceed to work with the US to facilitate an orderly drawdown and encourage an Afghan-led reconciliation course of, because it all the time helps broader endeavours for peace, stability and progress in its neighbour.

“Now we have welcomed the US coverage aim of a accountable finish to this lengthy battle. whereas Pakistan additionally helps China’s deepening engagement with Afghanistan, significantly within the financial realm and regional cooperation,” he stated whereas addressing a convention on Pakistan’s post-2014 strategic surroundings, organised by the Islamabad Coverage Analysis Institute (IPRI) right here.

China can be internet hosting the subsequent Coronary heart of Asia/Istanbul Course of Ministerial Convention in Tianjin on August 29, 2014. “We’re dedicated to working with China for a profitable consequence,” he stated. He additionally stated that Pakistan was additionally engaged with Iran and deepening its dialogue on regional points. “Our engagement on developments in Afghanistan stays very important for selling shared targets of peace and stability – significantly within the wake of 2014 drawdown and past,” he stated.

Fatemi stated that Pakistan has supported the deepening of democracy and a peaceable democratic transition in Afghanistan. “We additionally made our contribution to the efforts for a free and honest elections course of, together with via enhanced safety alongside the Pakistan-Afghanistan border,” he stated. Now, the Afghan electoral authorities have accountability to finish the electoral course of in a reputable method, whereas the safety forces must fulfill their activity of offering a safe surroundings, he stated.

“We hope that, on the end result of this course of, the Afghan nation would emerge stronger and extra unified,” the particular assistant stated. Pakistan has affirmed that it will work with whoever can be the democratic alternative of the Afghan folks, he stated. It’s gratifying that the main contenders have expressed their need to forge a cooperative relationship with Pakistan. “Pakistan would proceed to help and facilitate all efforts for an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned course of.

Fatemi additionally stated that Pakistan’s relations with the Russian Federation have been rising steadily, as the 2 international locations cooperate carefully on the UN and SCO. “We share frequent pursuits in selling peace and stability in Afghanistan and Central Asia,” he stated. Pakistan seeks Russia’s cooperation in constructing vitality corridors, financial linkages and street and rail community linking Central Asia with Pakistan.

He additionally stated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was dedicated to constructing cooperative relations with India. This week, the prime minister of Pakistan and India held a bilateral assembly, which was fruitful in starting the method of charting a future course for the connection. He stated that Pakistan stays dedicated to participating with the brand new Indian authorities via a constructive, significant and result-oriented dialogue on all points.

“We’ll proceed to work for tangible progress in the direction of decision of all excellent points. A simply and peaceable resolution of Kashmir situation in accordance with the UN Safety Council resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri folks is important for sturdy peace in South Asia,” he stated. “Our relationships with China proceed to be marked by a excessive diploma of belief and commonality of pursuits,” he stated.

In his coverage assertion, Fatemi stated that Pakistan to proceed to work on deepening its particular relationships with the fraternal international locations together with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and different Gulf States, with a major concentrate on commerce, investments and vitality cooperation. “The US is a vital a part of our strategic surroundings and a key component in Pakistan’s international coverage concerns,” he stated, including that the US continues to emphasize its curiosity in advancing regional stability and improvement.

With the shift of focus to financial diplomacy, he stated Pakistan was making efforts to additional fortify its current financial and business ties with Japan, ASEAN, and the ANZUS area. “We’re deepening relations with our pals and companions in Africa and Latin America,” he stated. He stated that Pakistan has potential to play a job as a conduit between the energy-rich Central Asia and energy-deficient South Asia and China.

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