Development’s targets to be achieved via democracy: FM

Qureshi briefs NATO boss on India-Pakistan tensions


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here on Monday said that Pakistan would meet the development’s targets by the continuation of democracy in the country. Addressing the Pakistani community in Brussels, FM Qureshi said that the current government focused on ease of doing business and taking measures to promote economic activities in the country. Ease of visa regime and promotion of tourism were the top priorities of the current government, the foreign minister added. He said that the Pakistani diaspora playing a vital role in the country’s progress and development. On the occasion, FM Qureshi declared a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg positive. He said that matters pertaining to India, Afghanistan and overall regional situation were discussed in the meeting. Terming GSP Plus status to P a k i s t a n vital, the foreign minister said that the volume of bilateral trade with the European Union will increase by status. Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had visited North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters and met with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Matters of Pakistan-NATO partnership, regional security and the peace process in Afghanistan were discussed during the meeting. FM Qureshi had said that Pakistan and NATO hold eight security level agreements since 2010. “NATO helped Pakistan in every difficult time and also took part in the relief operation of the 2005 deadly earthquake,” Qureshi had said. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also on Monday met Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), here at intergovernmental alliance’s headquarters in Belgium. The two leaders talked at length on the security issues concerning Pakistan and the Western Alliance, with Afghanistan and Kashmir, as well as tensions with India, remaining a central point in their discussions. Qureshi told the secretary-general about India’s unfortunate and uncooperative attitude regarding regional peace alongside the peace efforts made by Pakistan for South Asia. Stoltenberg appreciated Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices for peace and stability in the South and Central Asian region, particularly in Afghanistan. Qureshi said the talks were important for the Pakistan-NATO understanding and relationship.

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