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Pakistan keen to turn goodwill with countries into mutually beneficial partnerships: PM


ISLAMABAD, Dec 11 (APP):Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday stressed the need for converting existing goodwill with other countries into mutually beneficial partnerships. “We are looking to working closely with the world, both in exploring, exploiting and developing this potential and realizing the opportunities,” the Prime Minister said at a luncheon hosted in honour of a group of ambassadors at the PM House here. The ambassadors of Argentina, Canada, Norway, Turkey, Brazil, Japan, Holy See, Cuba and Switzerland and the deputy chief of mission of United States of America and Charge d’affaires of Australia attended the luncheon.


The Prime Minister said Pakistan was keen to expand cooperation with friendly countries especially in trade, investment, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and human resource development.
On the regional political situation, he said as situation in Afghanistan was approaching a crucial phase, Pakistan remained committed to support a peaceful and smooth transition in its neighbour country.
Nawaz Sharif recalled his recent visit to Kabul and his “most warm and friendly” exchange of views on a whole range of issues.
He said the talks included cooperation in facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of transition and reconciliation.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan was determined to rid itself of terrorism and extremism.
He said the menace was complex in nature and was rooted in the events of the past three decades, having global, regional and local dimensions.
“We believe that the best way to deal with these challenges is through national consensus, which we are generating through various forums including the holding of All Parties Conference and passing the parliamentary resolutions, he said.
Later the Ambassador of Argentina and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps H.E Rodolfo Martin Saravia in his speech said that the ambassadors were honored to have been invited at the luncheon and said the event provided an opportunity to share experiences and ideas.
He said the peaceful transfer of power from one democratic setup to another was an achievement for Pakistan.
“The diplomatic community feels comfortable in Pakistan and considers it as our second home,” he said.
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