Fighting terrorism‚ reviving economy top priorities: PM

December 27, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan intends to promote peaceful and friendly relations with international community particularly with its neighbours.

He was addressing inaugural ceremony of new block of the Foreign Office building in Islamabad on Friday. It has been named after the former Foreign Minister Sahibzada Yaqub Khan.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan is playing its due role for promoting regional and international peace and enhance mutual cooperation through its foreign office.

He said the new government is focusing on four point agenda which include weeding out terrorism‚ revival of economy‚ overcoming energy crisis and promoting trade at international level instead of getting aid.

He hoped Pakistan will overcome its challenges with the cooperation of international community.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is working zealously on strengthening its relations with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan.

He said we are committed to further expand our strategic ties with China and rebuild relation with United States on the basis of mutual respect and equality besides further strengthening ties with Islamic countries.

The Prime Minister said the world has become a global village and Pakistan cannot afford isolation at any level.

He said it is responsibility of our diplomats who are our ambassadors to work hard for strengthening relations with international community particularly with the neighbours and promote trade.

He stressed the need for bringing changes in the traditional diplomacy to make it according to the needs of the present era.

Addressing the ceremony‚ Former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador designate to United States Jalil Abbas Jilani in his address highlighted salient features of the foreign policy and said Foreign Office is playing its due role to strengthen the relations with international community and neighbours.

He said positive results have been achieved due to new foreign policy guidelines given by the Prime Minister.

Earlier‚ the Prime Minister inaugurated new block of the Foreign Office building. The Prime Minister along with his Foreign Affairs team visited the new building. He was briefed about the new building.