Celina Ali

Islamabad: Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Thursday and received a briefing on foreign policy of Pakistan. Upon arrival at the Ministry, the Prime Minister was received by Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani and senior officers. Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi briefed the Prime Minister about Pakistan’s foreign policy. The briefing covered Pakistan’s external relations, the working of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recent efforts to strengthen its diplomatic ties with other countries, and priorities for the future, especially in view of the regional and global developments.

The Prime Minister was apprised of the steps being taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the concerned Ministries and Departments, to facilitate Pakistani diaspora working and residing abroad. The need for close coordination between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all other national stakeholders was discussed with a view to ensuring the synergetic and holistic pursuit of Pakistan’s foreign policy objectives, security, trade and economic objectives. The Prime Minister shared his vision for a dynamic foreign policy and for strengthening Pakistan’s relationships with other countries.

He gave specific directions on different aspects of foreign policy with particular reference to facilitation of and engagement with the Pakistani diaspora. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role played by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistani diplomats in promoting and protecting Pakistan’s interests abroad. He expressed his desire for continued engagement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the smooth implementation of decisions in priority foreign policy areas.