Khawaja Asif to represent Pakistan in Heart of Aisa Conference in Baku

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif would lead Pakistan’s delegation at 7th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia being held at Azeri capital Baku tomorrow [Friday].
Stating this at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today [Thursday], Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan attached importance to Health of Asia process.
Replying to questions he said there has been increased interaction between Pakistan and the United States following announcement of new Afghanistan and South Asia strategy by President Trump.
He said the two countries consider mutual engagements as beneficial and that is why the US Defence Secretary is coming to Pakistan.
Replying to a question regarding testing of a cruise missile by India, he said such moves threaten regional peace and stability and also expose Indian duplicity that it only pays a lip service to the arms control regimes.
Replying to a question about the increase in opium production in Afghanistan, the Spokesperson said Pakistan has serious concerns over the issue due to the nexus between narcotics trade and financing of terrorism.
Dr Faisal said at the meeting of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition in Saudi Arabia Pakistan highlighted its counter terrorism efforts and reaffirmed its support and cooperation in such efforts.
To a question about any possible concerns of Iran regarding the Coalition and Pakistan’s role in it, he said we are in touch with Iran and the Army Chief paid visit to Teheran before the meeting of the Coalition.
Referring to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abassi`s visit to Saudi Arabia, the Spokesperson said the visit was a manifestation of our cordial ties with that country and the Prime Minister discussed regional and international matters during his meetings with Saudi leadership.

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