Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made tall claims on PTI-led government’s successful foreign policy top which he mentioned Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Saudi visit, saying that it was a state visit from Pakistan’s Prime Minister to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 30 years.
Qureshi said so, replying to a calling-attention notice by Senator Raza Rabbani of the Pakistan Peoples Party that the government was not taking parliament into confidence regarding decisions taken by it during recent visits by the country’s top leadership to Gulf countries, Malaysia and China.
He told the Senate that those lobbying against Pakistan had failed and the country was being praised for its role in the recently held talks between the United States and Taliban.
The foreign minister said Pakistan had been successful in maintaining its neutrality and conveying its point of view even to those nations that were currently not enjoying cordial relations with one another.
Mr Qureshi considered it a success that while there was no change in Pakistan’s neutral stance in the Yemen conflict, “Prime Minister Imran Khan has had a state visit to Saudi Arabia in 30 years”.
He said that the role of Pakistan in the recent Taliban-US talks had been acknowledged by all.
Terming the talks a major shift in the American policy, the foreign minister said it had always been Pakistan’s stance that peace could only come through negotiations.