Right decision to go ahead with Russia trip, says FM Qureshi – Pakistan

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday argued that the government’s decision to continue the recently concluded visit to Moscow was correct, explaining that there were changes in the country’s foreign policy on geoeconomics to ensure progress on regional connections. I did.

“If we have to move on to geoeconomics, the natural conclusion is that [to happen] is to proceed on [developing] local connection [with] Beyond Afghanistan and Afghanistan to the Central Asian Republic. And if we have to move towards regional connectivity, Russia must play a historical role in this region,” he said at a press conference in Islamabad.

“Russia on board is our [shift in] The focus is on geoeconomic and regional connectivity.”

The foreign minister said he had considered this and several other factors before deciding to continue his visit to Moscow.

“We moved on and we are confident we did the right thing after this visit,” he added.

The visit coincided with escalating tensions between Russia and the West as Russia began operations in neighboring Ukraine.

The timing of the visit has been questioned, but senior Pakistani officials say it is one of the rarest opportunities for energy-poor countries to make progress in energy and regional connectivity.

On the matter, Qureshi told journalists that Prime Minister Imran Khan had presided over a meeting to analyze the ongoing conflict before leaving for Moscow with a delegation of ministers.

He said the meeting was attended by the current foreign minister, four former foreign ministers, former ambassadors, including those who served in Moscow, and other high-ranking officials.

“We negotiated. [them]”After weighing the pros and cons, I decided which way to go,” the foreign minister said.

He emphasized the importance of ‘collective wisdom’ in this regard, saying that he has invited former ambassadors and foreign ministers to provide advice and advice after taking over as foreign minister.

“Institutional memory is useful and we should benefit from experience,” he said. “Based on this collective wisdom, we have come to the conclusion that we should not overlook the solid basis for strengthening our bilateral relations with Russia. In light of this, we have decided not to change our visit plans.”

The foreign minister added that the purpose of the visit was “to maximize Pakistan’s diplomatic space.”

He said he was “satisfied” with the visit. “I think we made the right decision. The diplomatic space has expanded.”

Qureshi also said the government saw the visit as an opportunity for Russia to gain confidence in the developing situation in South Asia in relation to Afghanistan issues and especially Indian-occupied Kashmir.

“we saw […] “This is an important opportunity that should not be wasted.”

In an outright criticism of the rival opposition, he said he saw some tweets by individuals “panic” during their visit.

He declined to name anyone, saying their tweets expressed concern. But on the other hand, our prime minister was unwavering and showed confidence,” he said.

Qureshi said one of the reasons behind this could be that PM Imran didn’t have an account or assets in the western capital.

U.S. Contacts Pakistan Before Visiting Moscow

He said the US administration had “high-level” contacts with Pakistan prior to its visit to Moscow.

Qureshi added, using a catchword used by anchor Waseem Badami: Masumana (Innocent) And I asked a question, and I gave a polite answer.”

When asked to elaborate further, he said that the United States had conveyed his point of view and that Pakistan had conveyed his point of view as well as the purpose and background of the visit.

“And as I said, [the plan for the visit] It hasn’t changed.”

‘I won’t belong to any camp’

Qureshi cited a statement in which PM Imran said he did not want to be in a position implying that Pakistan was part of certain camps.

“Based on past experience, we have made this important decision not to engage in camp politics,” the foreign minister said.

“It is in the interest of Pakistan. It is the period. This is our focus, this is our priority, and we are moving forward accordingly. [philosophy]”Pakistan today engages extensively with all the major powers in the world and has good relations,” he added.

Asked if Imran’s visit to Moscow gave the impression that Pakistan is supporting Russia in the ongoing conflict, Kureshi said it depends on how he sees things.

“We do not and have no intention of participating in camp politics,” he added.

The foreign minister added that Pakistan paid a huge price for being part of the camp politics and “will maintain ties with everyone”. In this regard, he cited the case of Germany, which he said he would visit soon.

“We have shifted our focus from geopolitics to geopolitics based on past experience,” he said.

Today, Qureshi said Pakistan is proud to take a stand before the world.

“There is novelty in our foreign policy and Pakistan is moving towards a proud and independent foreign policy.”

stance on the situation in Ukraine

When asked if Prime Minister Imran had proposed mediation between Russia and Ukraine to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the foreign minister said the two leaders had expressed their views on the matter at the meeting.

However, he said the visit was not planned with Ucarine’s circumstances in mind.

“It has been planned for a long time,” Qureshi said, summarizing several bilateral engagements with Russia. He added, “This visit to the two countries was planned in that context.”

However, he said, “The situation arose and I expressed my position and listened to their stories.”

The Foreign Minister stressed that Prime Minister Imran had a conversation about the issue at the ‘appropriate time and place’ and that it should be resolved through diplomacy.

Minister Kureshi said, “If a country or region engages in a military clash, all, especially developing countries, suffer losses.”

He urged restraint and said there is still a chance that the issue will be resolved through diplomatic efforts.

When asked, he said that Pakistan has diplomatic relations with Ukraine and that “we value them.”

“Military ties with Russia are improving,” he said.

Ukrainian Citizen Support

The foreign minister was convinced that Pakistani authorities were in contact with the Pakistani embassy in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.

He said he had a phone call with Pakistan’s ambassador to Ukraine before the press conference.

Prior to his visit to Moscow, he said clear instructions had been given to the Pakistani embassy in Kiev to ensure the safety of the diaspora country in Ukraine.

He also said that there are about 3,000 Pakistani students in Ukraine and that they have contacted the embassy so that they can be moved to a safe area and eventually returned home.

“We are in constant contact with them,” he added, adding that the Pakistani embassy was moved from Kiev to Ternopil to facilitate the evacuation of students.

He dismissed reports that a Pakistani student was murdered in Ukraine.

“I talked to the ambassador on the phone and he said that all of our children were safe so far,” the minister said. “I hope the evacuation ends soon.” “Their anxiety is understandable and we will provide any help they need.”

Visit summary

Qureshi opened his speech by closing the visit by saying that Prime Minister Imran and Putin’s meeting lasted about three and a half hours.

He said the two leaders exchanged views on improving relations and a positive trajectory between Pakistan and Russia. He also said he discussed regional issues, particularly the situation in Afghanistan and the security and stability of South Asia.

“Prime Minister Imran put Putin’s trust in occupied Kashmir and shared Pakistan’s position on this issue,” he added.

He said the meeting also discussed energy cooperation with a particular focus on the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline and the growing trend of Islamophobia.

When asked about the progress of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline, which is being built in cooperation with Russia, Qureshi said most issues had been agreed upon and the rest of the issues would be discussed next month.

“I hope it will be completed soon,” he added.

Qureshi also told journalists that Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak and Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov called Prime Minister Imran to discuss bilateral trade and investment opportunities.

He also added that Pakistan has expressed interest in purchasing gas from Russia through a long-term agreement between the government and the government.

He said he had proposed extending the gas pipeline between Russia and Uzbekistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan.

The Minister added that Russia has also expressed interest in building a liquefied petroleum gas terminal in Gwadar.

He said Prime Minister Imran and other ministers spoke at the Russian-Pakistan Entrepreneurs Forum and discussed future cooperation plans.

“We also discussed ways to solve the procedural bottleneck of trade and economic linkage,” he added.

The foreign minister said the discussion was productive, adding that several businessmen had expressed interest in participating in an investment meeting to be held in Islamabad in March.

Prime Minister Imran visited Moscow’s Central Mosque and during his visit he met the magnificent mosque, he said.

The minister then shared some salient features in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the visit.

When asked about the opposition’s approach to Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf’s ally, he said he could hold as many meetings as he wanted. “It doesn’t affect us.”

The foreign minister will visit Gottky tomorrow to announce that he will respond to the opposition.