ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Friday sought early resumption of composite dialogue process in order to resolve all outstanding disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir.
“A mechanism is already in place for dialogue between Indian and Pakistan,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told a weekly press briefing.
Responding to a question, she said Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal will arrive in Islamabad on Monday on a two-day visit, which is part of a routine interaction between the two brotherly countries.
She said the Saudi foreign minister’s visit was scheduled during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with him in New York during the latter’s visit to attend the United Nations General Assembly session and rejected media reports that the visit has any link with Pervez Musharraf.
The spokesperson said the Saudi foreign minister would hold important talks with Pakistani leadership on various bilateral, regional and international issues during his two-day stay.
She said, similarly, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is also in Pakistan on a private visit for hunting. The spokesperson said the treason case against former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf is Pakistan’s internal matter and external world should have no concern over it.
She said Pakistan would continue to contribute positively to the Afghan peace process and hoped 2014 will prove to be the year of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
She said Pakistan would continue its sincere efforts for the success of Afghan reconciliation process and peace in the region.
The spokesperson said Pakistan would not change its policy on drone attacks, adding these attacks are unacceptable as they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Answering yet another question, Tasneem Aslam said Pakistani missions in Chile and Ireland have been closed down under the policy of the government to curtail expenditures, adding the prime minister has constituted a committee to prepare recommendations for curtailing expenditures of Pakistani missions abroad.