Pakistan News/Lahore: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Saturday that stability in the region was of primary importance to Pakistan as its role was proactive in building relations with neighboring countries.
“Promoting relations and enhancing economic as well as political ties with countries like Turkey, Afghanistan and India are the corner-stone of country’s foreign policy,” she said while addressing a press conference here at the State Guest House.
Terming Pakistan’s membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) a supreme achievement, the Foreign Minister said that it had dispelled the impression that Pakistan was isolated among the comity of nations.
The victory in the Security Council election by three-fourth majority was a tangible proof that Pakistan was a matured and responsible state in the world. Hina Khar said that the nation should be proud of the fact that the country had achieved two major successes on the foreign front – UNSC membership and enhanced efforts for achieving regional cooperation.
Lauding the role of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and the Foreign Ministry, she said that the Pakistani leadership wanted to engage leaders of other countries in creating economic opportunities for the people of region and ensuring regional peace and security.
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan’s proactive role in the 6th summit dialogue in Turkey as well as the trilateral dialogue in Afghanistan was another proof of Pakistan’s desire to promote regional peace, adding that Istanbul conference provided a good opportunity to build relationships.
She said that Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani would attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
The meeting would provide a good opportunity for interaction with the Central Asian states and Russia. The Prime Minister would hold meetings with his Chinese and Russian counterparts.
She said that Pakistan sought good neighbourly relations with all the countries in the region and would also reach out to other countries to promote peace and harmony in South Asia.
About the CBMs (confidence building measures) vis-a-vis India, she said that New Delhi had assured Islamabad that it would not block Pakistan’s way in Preferential Market Access by the European Union unlike it had done in the past.