Islamabad - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday categorically stated that Pakistan desires peace and tranquility in the Middle East and will maintain the policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of states.
The Prime Minister stated this while chairing the concluding session of the Envoys Conference at the Foreign Office. Pakistan's Envoys from the Middle East region participated in the three-day Conference, held from 4-6 May 2014.
The Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, Federal Secretaries and senior officials from relevant Ministries and Departments also attended the concluding session.
In his wide-ranging address, the Prime Minister underscored that the defining principle of Pakistan's foreign policy remained "peace for development" - i.e. building a peaceful external environment so that the core national objective of economic development could be advanced. Outlining his vision and foreign policy priorities, the Prime Minister laid particular emphasis on building a peaceful neighbourhood, intensifying economic diplomacy, ensuring welfare of Pakistani Diaspora, and projecting Pakistan's positive image.
The Prime Minister urged the envoys to direct their efforts in enhancing and diversifying Pakistan's trade and building cooperation in the areas of investment, energy, export of manpower, and infrastructure. He further underscored the importance of facilitating Pakistan's expatriate community and utilizing their potential.
Earlier in the concluding session, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry briefed the Prime Minister on the discussions in the Envoys Conference and presented recommendations of the conference for implementing policy guidelines of the government and enhancing Pakistan's ties with countries in the Middle East.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs periodically organizes Envoys Conferences, in which Pakistan's envoys in key missions abroad, together with senior officials in relevant Ministries and Departments in Islamabad, discuss issues pertaining to Pakistan's cooperation with other countries at bilateral and multilateral levels.
PM FOR ENHANCED RELATIONS WITH IRAN IN ALL FIELDS:Calling for enhanced relations with Iran in all fields Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that both the countries need to promote strategies aimed at reinforcing synergies for collective good of the people of both the neighbouring countries.
He expressed these views while talking to Iranian Interior Minister Abdolereza Rehmani Fazli who called on him at Prime Minister's House on Tuesday.
Tariq Fatmi, special assistant to PM, Alireza Haghighian, Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, Ausat Hashemi, a roving member national security & foreign affairs commission of Iranian parliament, governor general Sistan and Abdullahi, deputy PM security and administrative affairs of Iran, were also present in the meeting.
While welcoming the delegation, the prime minister said, "Pakistan and Iran are bound by ties of religion, culture, history and geography. Pakistan attaches great importance to its brotherly relations with Iran and seeking a peaceful neighbourhood remains a policy priority of the government.
Our commitment to this relationship is unequivocal and firm."
Underlining the importance of trade and investment, the PM has said since economic and political relations are mutually reinforcing, both states should place greater focus on strengthening the economic ties. "We need to promote strategies aimed at reinforcing synergies between our border regions through physical connectivity and joint border trade markets," the PM added.
The PM said that he was looking forward to his visit to Iran and meeting with President Rouhani. The visit will not only serve as a political affirmation of Pak-Iran brotherly relations, but would also set a new direction for their future course based on mutual trust, confidence and cooperative partnership.