The Frontier Post
Published Date: Sep 14, 2012
HINA FOR GREATER REGIONAL COOPERATION WITHIN S ASIA
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Pakistan need to look into future as it has moved ahead on the path of confidence and trust building leading towards deeper regional integration.
“Pakistan is proud to walk-the-talk with its immediate neighbors with a more optimist, open and positive mindset coupled with a strong political will and political consensus” said Hina Rabbani Khar while speaking at the concluding ceremony of 5th South Asia Economic Summit organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and its track-II partners across South Asia.
The Minister said, “We are moving ahead on regional trade, regional connectivity, deeper integration and infrastructure development including energy.”
“It is, in fact, economic diplomacy which is creating space for political diplomacy despite challenges such as food security, climate challenge, water, energy and many others” she added. The region has a huge potential which can be positively utilized to deal with ever multiplying numerous challenges that the region simultaneously faces. There is an absolute political consensus among all the political forces in the country that we should have peace, normalization and trust with our neighbors.
The foreign minister lauded the role SDPI has been playing over the last two decades in undertaking tremendous policy research, contributions for regional integration and sustainable development. “It seems that for a different and changed South Asia in future, the track-II diplomacy might be going ahead of the track-I. With the normalization efforts, we are buying the ownership of our collective future which is extremely vital for the people of this region, she added.
Dr Abid Suleri, Executive Director of SDPI, appreciating the recent positive developments between India and Pakistan, said it is a matter of great pleasure that the South Asian (SA) states are realizing the logic of cooperation and regional integration. Muchkund Dubey former foreign secretary of India said, SAFTA needs new life by removing flaws including a huge negative trade list.