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Pakistan’s relations with US on positive trajectory: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal has said Pakistan’s relations with the United States are on a positive trajectory.
Responding to questions at weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, he said during Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s interaction with delegates of different countries, he put across Pakistan’s point of view on important issues.
The spokesman said the Foreign Minister has categorically stated that there would be no compromise on national interests.
He said Pakistan is pursuing the policy of peaceful neighbourhood and dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues and disputes between Pakistan and India.
To a question about opening of Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, Dr Muhammad Faisal said nothing can happen if there are no talks between the two countries. He, however, reiterated Pakistan’s stance to hold talks with India to resolve all outstanding issues.
Replying to a question regarding SAARC conference, he said we held talks with all South Asian countries, on the sidelines of UN General Assembly meeting in New York, and they all were very positive to come to Islamabad. However, he said India is creating hurdles in this regard.
The Spokesperson said Pakistan is raising the issue of water and controversial projects initiated by India such as Kishanganga and Ratle, at all forums.
Referring to statements of Indian Army Chief about surgical strikes, he said head of a professional army should not make such claims.
Regarding China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he said both Islamabad and Beijing are on the same page over this project.
Answering a question, he said bringing Afghan Taliban to negotiating table is shared responsibility of all countries.

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