Trump’s South Asia Policy: Pakistani Foreign Minister to embark on 4-nation tour

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FM to visit China, Russia, Iran, Turkey

By Muhammad Luqman
Pakistani ambassadors from world’s important capitals have gathered in Islamabad to brainstorm the situation after the August 25 announcement of South Asia and Afghanistan Policy by the United States President Donald J. Trump in which the American leader had accused Pakistan of providing havens to terrorist groups. At the end of the three-day envorys moot, the Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif will leave for the tour of four regional nations on September 8 .
During the three-day moot in the capital, the participants will discuss potential strengths of the country’s foreign policy and options available in view of the geo-political and regional situation.
The new US policy on Afghanistan war, the challenges arising as a result of the revised US approach towards the region, and the Kashmir dispute are taking centre stage at the meeting.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif while opening the moot said that there is no military solution to Afghan war. He also insisted on the need to highlight continuing human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir at all available international platforms.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair the concluding session of the moot on September 7.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will leave for Beijing on September 8 (Friday) discuss Pakistan’s foreign policy and future strategy. He will also visit Moscow, Teheran and Ankara during the four-nation diplomatic sojourn.
The tour of important regional countries comes after the US President Donald Trump’s anti-Pakistan speech last month.
The foreign minister, who only recently took over the office, will then visit Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the “regional and the international” situation.
Later this month, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will fly to the US to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 21st or 23rd.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will accompany the premier to the UNGA.

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