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India dream of isolating Pakistan will not materialize

Modi’s Dream of Isolating Pakistan Will not Materialize: Qureshi

MUNICH – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation and said “the Indian dream can never be materialized”.
He was speaking to the media after attending the Munich conference on security in Germany.
The statement which was made following the Pulwama terrorist attack, in which 44 Indian soldiers were killed, prompted a strong reaction from Pakistan as the Pakistani government rejected the “unfounded” Indian allegations.
On the sidelines of the conference, Qureshi also met President Ashraf Ghani, with whom he discussed issues of mutual interest and cooperation.
“[My] meeting with the highest foreign officials makes it clear that the Indian policy of isolating [diplomatically] Pakistan has failed miserably,” he said.
At the same time, Qureshi, in a meeting with a bipartisan group of US lawmakers led by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, said that “she [US-Pakistan relations] has historically paved the way for long-term sustainability in the region “.
Qureshi emphasized the importance of a broad and structured relationship for the promotion of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. He further added that Pakistan hopes for further cooperation with US in areas of business and energy.
Speaking about the peace process in Afghanistan, Qureshi said, “A peaceful neighbor [Afghanistan] is in Pakistan’s interest”.
Qureshi recalled that Pakistan had always said there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and therefore welcomed the fact that the United States is increasingly insisting on the search for a settlement.
He also welcomed the progress made in the Afghan peace process recently, but stressed that a final settlement would remain distant without the ownership of all Afghan parties, as well as the region as a whole.
Senator Graham congratulated Pakistan for “supporting the sustainability of Afghanistan”, adding that “the progress made in the Doha negotiations would not have been possible without his help”.
Graham also acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism and said that “Pakistan has managed to fight terrorism.”
(Sahar News/Monitoring Desk)

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