Aspiration for democracy
WASHINGTON: The Federal Minister for Planning & Development and Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal, is visiting Washington.
Addressing a round table conference hosted by the United States Institute of Peace on “Pakistan-US Relations – looking forward.”
Federal Minister valued the aspiration for democracy, the rule of law, and diversity are the natural bonds between the people of Pakistan and the United States and provided a solid base to transform their existing relationship into a robust developmental partnership.
“Time has come to reset Pak-US relations in the economic and development domain,” the Minister said.
Discussing Pak-US bilateral cooperation, the Minister highlighted education, healthcare, energy, technology, agriculture, food security, and climate change as the key areas for greater collaboration between the two countries.
Discussing the regional situation, the Minister said that Pakistan was a key stakeholder in regional peace and stability. He said that the situation in Afghanistan had direct bearings on Pakistan, and therefore Pakistan advocates proactive engagement of the international community to mitigate the humanitarian crisis in neighboring Afghanistan.
The Minister also highlighted the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It stressed the need for the international community, the United States, and champions of human rights globally to take cognizance of the situation.
The participants also interacted with the Minister and discussed a host of issues, including Pakistan’s political and economic situation.