Islamabad, November 28, 2012 (PPI-OT): The D-8 Summit in Islamabad reaffirmed Pakistan’s key position in the comity of nations, as well as the democratic government’s policy to firmly align the country’s foreign policy to its national development agenda, says a press release received here today from Berlin
This was stated by Ambassador Abdul Basit in his address at a Seminar, “Pakistan in a Changing World” organized by the German-Pakistan Forum at the German Parliament (Bundestag) here today as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of its establishment. A ranking German parliamentarian Dr. Christian Ruck presided over the event.
The Ambassador said Pakistan was a country with great potential. Unfortunately, the unstable regional security situation did not allow the country to realise that potential. Disputes with India and the continuing unstable situation in Afghanistan created several challenges for Pakistan. Despite all those challenges, the people of Pakistan had demonstrated remarkable resilience. From every crisis, Pakistan re-emerged stronger and more resilient, the Ambassador underlined.
Mr. Basit dwelt in detail about the importance of Pakistan’s foreign policy, especially its efforts to promote reconciliation in Afghanistan. He underscored that Pakistan had been suffering the most because of the long conflict in Afghanistan and would benefit the most from a stable Afghanistan.
The Ambassador also explained Pakistan’s efforts towards normalizing relations with India, emphasizing that CBMs were a means and not the end objective. In order for a lasting and viable peace in South Asia, it was essential to resolve the bilateral disputes. The two countries should move from conflict management to the conflict resolution, the Ambassador added.
Earlier, Mr. Ruck in his remarks said Pakistan was an important friend of Germany, and that the two countries should work more closely to promote peace and prosperity around the world.
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