Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Pak. assured US that it will deal ‘firmly’ with terrorists: Bolton

Pak. assured US that it will deal ‘firmly’ with terrorists: Bolton

"Pakistan is a peace loving nation but if subjected to aggression by adversary, we would respond with full force", the PAF statement quoted Anwar as saying. "If we serve [the country] well, the economy will go up".

Maas said that Germany recognized that steps were being taken by Pakistan in deescalating the situation.

Maas lauded Pakistan's role in the ongoing Afghan peace process.

Over the last several weeks, the Indian Air Force has repeatedly reported downing Pakistani drones that allegedly invaded India's airspace in what New Delhi regards as reconnaissance missions.

The German Foreign Minister welcomed Pakistan's efforts towards peace and stability in the region.

The call to Bolton was apparently initiated by Islamabad. During the meeting, they exchanged views on different matters pertaining to mutual interest.

Referring to the recent simmering tensions between India and Pakistan, Qureshi said that prime minister Khan reaffirmed that "Islamabad will take two steps if New Delhi takes one".

Qureshi also said that three German political foundations, that had "not been able to work in Pakistan" earlier, would now be able to launch operate in the country as both sides had "amicably" resolved the issues due to which the operations of the organisations were being hindered. The meeting also deliberated over the ways to highlight at global forums the Indian atrocities in the held Kashmir.

"Kashmir is the core issue".

"Pakistan has never been shy of dialogue", he declared and added that voices within India were also insisting that Kashmiri leadership and people should be engaged.

The Foreign Minister reiterated German Chancellor Angela Merkel's invitation to the Prime Minister to visit Germany. He pointed out that Pakistan has taken a lot of steps to eliminate this menace.

Qureshi told the participants that the country faced economic problems, when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government took over. Such an assurance was given by the Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a call with the US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, the latter said in a tweet. "We feel that inclusion of Afghan government in every table talk is imperative", he added.

Meanwhile, addressing the Business Leaders Summit in the federal cabinet Qureshi said the utmost priority of Prime Minister Imran Khan's government "is to fix the economy", stressing that the government was working on economic diplomacy to enhance exports and bring investment to the country. Qureshi didn't elaborate, though he added: "Pakistan has encouraged all factions within Afghanistan to sit together and have a meaningful intra-Afghan dialogue".

In an address at a think tank on Modi government's foreign policy, she said Pakistan was anxious that India would escalate the situation and she was contacted by a number of foreign ministers over it. He confirmed that a large delegation of Malaysian investors will accompany Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed during his visit to Pakistan later this month.

The two foreign ministers discussed the matters pertaining to the German visa facilitation for Pakistani students of higher education.

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