Pakistan desires better ties with all neighbors for regional peace: FM

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-29 23:18:19|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ISLAMABAD, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday reiterated Pakistan's desire to maintain cordial relations with all of its neighbors for a long-lasting regional peace and tranquility.

Addressing a ceremony here to mark the first 100-day performance of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, the foreign minister said his ministry has established 73 bilateral and 16 multilateral engagements over the past 100 days to improve ties with the neighboring countries.

He said the first thing on the PTI government's foreign agenda is to have better relations with Afghanistan.

"It is for peace that I decided to make my first foreign trip to Afghanistan. We want peace with all our neighbors," said the minister.

Qureshi also emphasized on improving ties with India, saying ups and downs in relations with India is not hidden from anyone but Pakistan's approach is people-centric and peace is needed for people to prosper.

"Pakistan will take two steps forward for every one step India takes," he said.

He also underscored the need for further promoting bilateral relations with Iran.

Qureshi said Pakistan has a complicated relationship with the United States and his country desires a broad-based relationship with Washington based on mutual trust and respect.