Pakistan

FM Bilawal defends Ex-premier Imran’s visit to Russia

Written by The Frontier Post

F.P. Report

NEW YORK: The Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that former Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Russia under foreign policy. I defend his visit.

During a press briefing, Bilawal Bhutto said that Pakistan wants good relations with all, no one is our enemy. Trade is not our priority, he said.

Talking about Pakistan’s desire for peace he mentioned that we are tired of watching war, our children and women have been martyred in the war, he added.

The Foreign Minister stated that we believe that war is not the solution to any problem. He said the foreign policy of the new government has changed. We believe in dialogue.

Talking about Imran Khan’s visit to Russia, Bilawal said that there could be political differences in Pakistan. The former Prime Minister visited Moscow under foreign policy, I defend his visit.

It would be wrong to blame Pakistan for the visit to Russia, he stated.

Will not be pressurized by anti-Americans attempting to spread hatred inside Pakistan: Bilawal

Earlier, the Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that they believe in trade instead of aid. We will not be pressurized by the anti-Americans attempting to spread hatred inside Pakistan.

In an exclusive interview with US media, the Foreign Minister said that he wants to expand bilateral trade relations with the United States. We want the world to recognize Pakistan’s achievements against terrorism and also the manner in which the country has met the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), he said.

In response to a question about the U.S. providing a bailout package to Pakistan in difficult circumstances, he said our view is that trade with the United States should take precedence over aid.

Regarding the 45-minute meeting with Antony Blinken, Bilawal said that the meeting was very good along with mentioning that bilateral trade was discussed during the productive meet-up.

The Foreign Minister further stated that before coming to the United States, he made it clear that giving priority to trade over aid is the strategy. Now whether it is agriculture or energy. We hope to improve terms in every field, he said.

Carrying on with it he added that relations with the United States did not grow as much as they should have, this is because of the limited contact that revolves around events.

Bilawal Bhutto emphasized that healthy relations between the U.S. and Pakistan are in the interest of both.

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