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Fixing economy ‘utmost priority’ of PTI govt, says Pakistan foreign minister

Fixing economy ‘utmost 
priority’ of PTI govt, says
Pakistan foreign minister
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday that the utmost priority of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government is to ‘fix the economy’.
While addressing the Business Leaders Summit in Islamabad, the foreign minister stated that the government has an agenda which it wished to implement in order to meet the economic challenges faced by the country.
“Pakistan can take advantage of its geo-strategic location,” said Qureshi, adding that, PM Imran has focused on attracting external investment.
The foreign minister also confirmed that a large delegation of Malaysian investors will accompany Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad during his visit to Pakistan later this month. The Malaysian premier will be the chief guest for the March 23 Pakistan Day celebration.
“I also know of the interest the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has shown in investing in the country, while Qatar has a plan on investing in Pakistan’s food processing industry.” The foreign minister further highlighted the need to establish peace in the neighbourhood to revitalize the economy.
“China is our strategic partner and we want to transform this relationship into an economic partnership.” He further said that Islamabad was negotiating with China to assist Pakistan in the agriculture sector and in establishing economic zones.
“For Pakistan, peace in Afghanistan is essential,” Qureshi underscored.
Referring to the recent simmering tensions between India and Pakistan, Qureshi asserted that “a certain political party, used the situation to enhance its electoral possibilities”. He said that after assuming power, PM Imran reaffirmed that Islamabad will take two steps if New Delhi takes one.
The foreign minister said that the premier also wrote a letter to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi after coming to power urging to resolve “outstanding issues through dialogue”.
He elaborated that the Kartarpur corridor is one such example of Pakistan’s desire for peace.

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