A meeting of heads of allied parties was held in the Presidency today with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in chair

Islamabad: The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Pervaz Ilahi, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Mr. Asfandyar Wali Khan, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Dr. Farooq Sattar, Mr. Haider Abbas Rizvi, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, Spokesperson to the President senator Farhatullah Babar and Engr Shaukat Ullah.

Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Secretary General Mr. M. Salman Faruqui, COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Lt. Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, DG ISI were also present during the meeting.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting was in continuation of an earlier meeting held on 14th of March. He said that the Foreign Minister and Army Chief briefed the meeting on security and foreign policy related issues.

The coalition partners noted that the foreign relations with other countries should be based on mutual respect, mutual interests and in a transparent manner with the involvement of public representatives.

The meeting placed on record its appreciation of the services and sacrifices rendered by the armed forces, paramilitary forces and the police in defending the country and fight against militancy .

Spokesperson said that heads of allied parties congratulated the President for his record fifth address to the joint sitting of the Parliament.

The President appreciated coalition partners for their contributions and strong support.

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