ISLAMABAD - Improving diplomatic relations with India is the federal government’s top priority, said Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security Sartaj Aziz Thursday.
“Everybody wants peace in this region and adverse relations with the neighbours particularly India and Afghanistan have inflicted heavy damage on us,” Aziz said. Addressing a seminar on ‘Rethinking National Security of Pakistan, Challenges and Opportunities’ here at Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad Aziz said, “It is our government’s top priority to improve diplomatic relations with India which is mutually beneficial for South Asian neighbours,” he said adding, that improvement in economic, strategic, defence and cultural relations between the two states was directly linked to improvement in diplomatic Pak-India relationship. Aziz said Pakistan wanted good relations with all its neighbours including India. He said Pakistan was engaged in devising a comprehensive national security policy to ensure friendly relations with neighbouring countries. He said there was no favourite of Pakistan in Afghanistan in its presidential elections being held next year.
Aziz said the present government would review Pakistan’s relations with the United States after the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. He said uncertain situation in Afghanistan was a great challenge but Pakistan was committed to work sincerely for bringing peace in that country which was vital for overall progress of the region.
Aziz said the government had been giving top priority to improve its relations with India and positive developments took place in this regard during the last few months as a result of the efforts made by the incumbent government.
He said Pakistan was now focusing on foreign policy based on promoting trade and economic relations with other countries.
He said under this policy the government was working round the clock to promote trade relations with European Union, Middle East and Russia.