Thrust of diplomacy reoriented towards economic benefit: FM


FM calls for shifting Pakistan’s foreign policy to changing global trends
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has emphasised the need for shifting Pakistan’s foreign policy to respond to changing global trends and sovereignty, territorial integrity and development of the country.
He was addressing the passing out ceremony of 41st diplomatic course for Foreign Service Probationers at Foreign Service Academy on Wednesday.
The foreign minister said, “We have reoriented the thrust of our diplomatic efforts towards economic benefit and prosperity by putting forward a ‘Strategic Engagement Plan’ with the European Union and the ‘Strategic Economic Framework’ with Turkey.”
He said, “We have also launched ‘Engage Africa’ initiative to explore untapped markets and opportunities.” The foreign minister said the government is committed to give esteem to overseas Pakistanis and serve them wholeheartedly.
He urged the probationers to be mindful of the opportunities and challenges presented by the digital age. Qureshi said the world has entered the era of battles of narratives and information warfare. He added that a huge shift in the role of media, its impact on all spheres of life and modern technology is being used to influence opinions and push agendas.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan is committed to strengthen its economic, political and trade relations with the United Kingdom.
Talking to member of British House of Lords, Lord Daniel Hannan, in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said strategic partnership agreement has further trade and economic relations between the two countries. Qureshi said Pakistan will celebrate 75 years of its diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom in a befitting manner.