US endorses PM’s enlightened vision: FM Qureshi

India not willing for dialogue: FO

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ISLAMABAD

Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi terming the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the United States successful, has said that America has endorsed the enlightened vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Talking to a private news channel, he said the visit has laid the foundation of revamping relations with the United States as today, Washington is talking about trade and energy matters with Pakistan.

He said during the past few years, Pakistan was isolated from the world, but now the successful foreign policy of the government had started yielding results. To a question, the Foreign Minister said the US wants a political solution to the Afghan issue rather than use of force.  He said the United States has also recognized positive role of Pakistan in the Afghan peace process.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Islamabad is desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said if peace will restore in Afghanistan, it will be beneficial for Pakistan as a peaceful Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan including the region.

The Foreign Minister said during visit of the Prime Minister to US, we apprised the US about the situation in occupied Kashmir. He said President Donald Trump also expressed his willingness to mediate on the Kashmir dispute. He said Pakistan remained successful in presenting its narrative. He said India attempted to diplomatically isolate Pakistan but, it could not do so and remained fail in its designs.

Meanwhile, Foreign Office says Pakistan-US relations have been reset with the successful and productive visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington. At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump held comprehensive talks focusing on building a broad-based and enduring partnership between the two countries and strengthening cooperation to bring peace, stability and economic prosperity in South Asia.

He said Pakistan and the United States have decided to establish a mechanism to follow up on the understanding reached during the visit. The Spokesperson said Pakistan welcomes US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation on Kashmir dispute. Expressing surprise over Indian reaction on the mediation offer, he said India should give a matured response for resolution of the outstanding dispute.

He said Pakistan’s approach is peace and dialogue based on resolution of the dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people.

Responding to a question about LoC violations by India, the spokesperson said Pakistan gives a befitting response to the Indian fire.

He, however, said Pakistan desires peace and 2003 ceasefire agreement must be respected. When asked about the next meeting on Kartarpur corridor, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan is prepared for the talks. He said the Indian side has to give the dates. He, however, expressed the confidence that the meeting will soon be held. About Afghanistan, the spokesperson said Pakistan’s role has been that of a facilitator which has been acknowledged by everybody including the United States. He said we want an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution of the conflict. To a question about Iran, the spokesperson said all parties must work towards easing the tension in the region. He said Pakistan is watching the developments in the region very closely.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal told reporters during a news conference on Thursday that India was not willing for dialogue. Pakistan and India have no other option but dialogue, said Faisal.

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