Minister of State for Foreign Affairs calls on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani


Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani emphasized on formulating a comprehensive and enduring national policy and strategy on war against terrorism in accordance with our geo-strategic environment. Pakistan, he reiterated, is committed to working in unison with all neighbours and international partners for the establishment of peace and elimination of terrorism.

The Prime Minister was talking to Mrs. Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs who called on him at the PM’s House this afternoon.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan’s efforts in the political and military domain for combating terrorism need recognition at international level. The trust deficit needs to be bridged, he added, so as to allow Pakistan appropriate space to manoeuvre and contribute significantly towards this end.

The Prime Minister stressed that the sovereignty and self-respect of all the partners in war against terrorism has to be respected. The global resolve, he maintained, should manifest commitment in addressing the root causes which the terrorists and militants exploit. The socio-economic development of the under-developed regions and the economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable people has to be merged into a joint strategy against terrorism. The evil designs and motives of the terrorists and militants can only be frustrated through close coordination and better understanding among all the partners.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mrs. Hina Rabbani Khar briefed the Prime Minister on the progress on strategic dialogue between Pakistan and US as well as situation arising out of the boarder incursions and raids by the militants on the border posts inside Pakistan. She apprised the Prime Minister of various diplomatic initiatives in the same context.

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