Premier’s US visit to prove vital for bilateral ties: FM

Qureshi stresses broader engagement with US on Afghan issue

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ISLAMABAD
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has urged the country to pay taxes to make the nation prosperous. Qureshi in his tweet said, no nation can prosper under the burden of debt. The only way out is by increasing our tax base and documenting the economy. We must all play our part, pay our taxes and encourage others to do so as well. If Pakistan prospers, we all prosper, he continued.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the United States will prove vital for the bilateral ties. Addressing a ceremony regarding Pak-US relations, the foreign minister stated that positive and constructive dialogues are required between both countries.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi maintained that the European Union has signed an important strategic contract with Pakistan, and the premier’s visit will help in building up confidence between the two states. Pakistan and America have seen ups and downs in the past regarding their ties, but relations with the United States have always remained significant in Pakistan’s foreign policy, Shah Mehmood Qureshi added.
Moreover, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it is appropriate for Islamabad and Washington to work for broader engagement from Afghanistan issue to bilateral economic cooperation. Addressing a seminar on ‘Pakistan-US Relations: Way Forward’ here on Tuesday, he said a constructive and cooperative approach is the best option for Pakistan and the United States to materialize the common objectives of peace and security in the region and bringing prosperity to the people of South Asia, Radio Pakistan reported.
Besides, Qureshi underscored the significance of bilateral economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. The foreign minister expressed confidence that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the United States will help in ushering an era of stability and prosperity in South Asia.
During the US visit, Qureshi said the prime minister will highlight his vision for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.
Pakistan is mindful to the US priorities regarding Afghanistan,”he said adding that Islamabad has been facilitating the US-Taliban talks in good faith, though it remains a shared responsibility. The convergence in Pakistan and the US policies on Afghanistan peace process has rekindled the hope for resolution of the protracted Afghan conflict, Qureshi said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says a constructive and cooperative approach is the best option for Pakistan and the United States to realize common objectives of peace and security in the region and bring prosperity to the people of South Asia.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the US Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) called on the Foreign Minister this afternoon. Led by its Chairman Dr. Mahmood Khan, and President Ms. Esperanza Gomez Jelalian, USPBC delegation is visiting Islamabad to further promote trade and investment opportunities between Pakistan and the United States.
Welcoming the delegation at the Foreign Office, as part of his economic diplomacy initiative, the Foreign Minister apprised the delegation members of the economic and investment opportunities in Pakistan for the US corporate and business sectors. He underlined that following the recently introduced structural economic reforms by the Government, a business friendly climate was fast emerging for foreign companies to invest in diverse areas including clean energy, housing and infrastructure, agriculture as well as information technology.
Noting that US companies already operating in Pakistan were getting a high return on their investments, the Foreign Minister added that Pakistan was keen to further accelerate and facilitate their businesses. The delegation was informed that during his forthcoming visit to the US next week, the Prime Minister would be meeting with prominent business and corporate leaders to brief them on the economic opportunities in Pakistan.
Thanking the Foreign Minister for his time, the representatives of various companies agreed that because of the policy initiatives of the Government, prospects to further intensify and deepen economic engagement between Pakistan and US were encouraging. The delegation will also be meeting with other senior officials of the Government of Pakistan including at the Board of Investment.
Housed in the US Chamber of Commerce, Washington, the US-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) is the leading private sector association of US companies with business and investment interests in Pakistan. Their membership is made up of senior-level executives of U.S. companies that have invested in Pakistan. These include senior executives of: General Electric, Exxon Mobil, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Motorola Solutions, Citibank, NetSol Technologies, Hecate Energy, and PMI Global Services.

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