Pakistan wants ties with neighbours on equal basis, says Khawaja Asif at envoys conference

  • Foreign Minister Asif emphasises on highlighting Kashmir issue at every level
  • PM Abbasi will chair the concluding session of envoys moot

ISLAMABAD – A three-day conference of selected Pakistani envoys begins from today (Tuesday) in Islamabad to discuss matters regarding foreign policy.

According to local media, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif inaugurated the conference, The minister will chair the meeting during first two days, while Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will head the concluding session of the moot that will end on September 7.
Addressing the inaugural session, Khawaja Asif reiterated that peace in Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan, adding that the Afghan issue cannot be sorted out through military operations.

Being a peace-loving country, Pakistan wants amicable ties with neighbours on equal basis, the foreign minister said.

Pledging to continue providing moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris, Asif stressed the need of raising the Kashmir issue at every level.

He also sought recommendations from the participants regarding the prevailing geo-political situation.

Pakistan’s ambassador to US, China, Russia, Turkey, India, Afghanistan and some other countries are attending the conference to chalk out a policy keeping in view the regional and geo-political situation.

During the days long moot, various diplomats and officials of foreign ministry will give briefings regarding the countries where they are appointed. Pakistan’s policy on Kashmir will also be part of the agenda.

Afghan Policy by the US in which President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of allegedly providing shelter to elements of chaos and extremism will also be discussed in the meeting.