Published On: Sat, Dec 28th, 2013
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Pakistan wants good relations with neighbours: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his resolve for Pakistan having good relations with its neighbours. During his inauguration of the newly constructed ‘Sahibzada Yaqoob Khan’ block at Foreign Office building here on Friday , he wanted to further deepen the time-tested friendship with China, rebuild relationship with the United States, based on mutual respect and to solidify bonds with the Muslim world.

The Prime Minister also stressed the need for greater focus on economic diplomacy and coordination with other government departments in the pursuit of these goals. He advised the officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look after the overseas Pakistani communities and to protect their interests.

Earlier, on his arrival, Prime Minister was received by the Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatimi.

The outgoing Foreign Secretary and Ambassador designate to the United States, Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani welcomed the Prime Minister and thanked him for his support and patronage to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was the first line of defence for Pakistan.

He also briefed the Prime Minister about the new building while highlighting the contribution of the Special Projects Division and Administration of the Foreign Ministry, for their untiring efforts in completing work on the new building.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for greater focus on economic diplomacy and coordination with other government departments in the pursuit of these goals; while also advising the officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look after the overseas Pakistani communities and to protect their interests.

The building with a covered area of 160,000 sq. ft has a basement, six reception areas, lobby and a conference hall. The new building will provide space for conferences and accommodate Foreign Ministry offices, which are located in rented buildings and containers.
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