ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar on Friday said that Pakistan is opening up to the world as the security situation in the country is improving.
Addressing the graduation ceremony of 27th Advanced Diplomatic Course organized by Foreign Service Academy for foreign diplomats, Umar said Pakistan is trying to improve trade and economic relations with different countries in order to exploit its full potential.
Speaking of Pak-China relations, the finance minister said Pakistan is the pivot of the Silk Road. We are in the process of implementing China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which has strengthened our economic relations with the time tested friend, he said.
He pointed out that Pakistan and Turkey are also on the path of developing a strategic economic framework. A strategic relationship council has also been set up with Saudi Arabia to further deepen the relations with the Kingdom, he added.
The finance minister said that Pakistan by its history and incredible heritage is a multi-cultural society and we want to make this accessible to the rest of the world.
Referring to the recent escalation of tensions with India, Umar said that “things seem to be on the mend”.
“We, however, will continue to be guard till the elections are held in the neighboring India. Pakistan remains committed to improve relations with all the regional countries including India,” the finance minister asserted.
Speaking of Afghanistan, Asad Umar said Pakistan’s efforts for the Afghan peace process are now widely being appreciated and Pakistan will continue to play its role to make the dialogue process successful.
In his welcome address, Foreign Service Academy Director General Aftab Ahmad Khokhar said that twenty three participants from eighteen countries participated in the advanced diplomatic course.
He expressed confidence that the participants of the course will serve as Pakistan’s ambassadors to their home countries and contribute towards further promoting bilateral relations.