Analysts hail the government’s proactive foreign policy to improve relations with all countries

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Analysts hail the government’s proactive foreign policy to improve relations with all countries

Waheed Ahmad (former ambassador): It is very important that China declares that it will help Pakistan overcome its economic worries. The current government has taken the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project seriously and work has been accelerated. China’s recent financial support to the State Bank of Pakistan at a reduced interest rate will help Pakistan’s economy weather the economic storm. This will also help ease the pressure on our dwindling foreign exchange reserves. Regarding the relaxation of visas for Afghan drivers, this will help to further strengthen Pakistani relations. Pakistan will be able to buy coal from Afghanistan to meet its energy needs. We know that Afghanistan depends on us for its food. It will also help us to export more food products to the neighboring brother country.

AM Shahid (former ambassador): The meetings with the ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates, Iran and the United Kingdom are very important and useful in Pakistan’s foreign policy. Our relations with various countries are on an improving trajectory. Bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Iran is growing in multifaceted areas. Pakistan and Iran are cooperating to resolve issues on their border. Islamabad and Tehran also discussed prospects for peace in Afghanistan. However, these meetings should take place at regular intervals to improve understanding between the two brotherly countries. Iran has always provided moral support on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and has been emphasizing the resolution of this crucial issue for regional peace and prosperity. Iranian support on the Kashmir issue is very important and it will send a strong message to India. On the other hand, Pakistan should also seriously consider some of Iran’s reservations on the issue of terrorism.

Fauzia Nasreen (former ambassador): Pakistan has launched a diplomatic offensive to improve relations with various countries. This is a positive development as other countries are also responding to Pakistan’s gestures. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, shortly after taking office, visited China, Turkey, Iran and the Davos Forum to strengthen Pakistan’s relations with these countries. China recently granted a loan of 2.3 billion dollars to support the Pakistani economy. In addition, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries have indicated investing in Pakistan. The UAE has expressed its willingness to work with Pakistan to address climate change issues. Similarly, Iran has held talks with Pakistan on the issue of border management.

Dr. Amna Mahmood (IR expert): Pakistan has a strong foreign policy in which Pakistan wants to improve its relations with all countries on the basis of equality and sovereignty. Islamabad has improved its relations with various countries without taking sides or being part of any bloc. The current government wants to translate these links for our economic improvement. Recently, various friendly countries have indicated that they will provide financial support to Pakistan to help improve its struggling economy.

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