Islamabad, 4 January 2023 (TDI): The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan confirmed on Thursday that a three-day Envoys Conference is being held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad starting from 4th to 6th January 2024.
During the envoy’s conference, Pakistan’s Ambassadors from important capitals with cross-regional representatives were invited.
The Envoy’s Conference opened with an inaugural address by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Jalil Abbas Jilani. The Conference also featured a keynote address by the Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan Anwar Ul Haq Kakar.
In his inaugural remarks, the Foreign Minister underlined the importance of regular debate on Pakistan’s foreign policy, especially regarding global and regional developments. He underscored the need for strengthening the anchoring role of foreign offices in policy formulation and implementation.
The Foreign Minister welcomed the Prime Minister and outlined the framework of discussions at the Envoy’s Conference and its importance as a new deliberative forum on diplomatic challenges and opportunities for Pakistan given the global and regional developments.
The three-day conference in Islamabad will deliberate and finalize recommendations on a range of bilateral, regional, and global dimensions of Pakistan’s foreign policy.
Prime Minister’s Address
In his keynote address, the Prime Minister shared his perspective on the pressing demands on the conduct of Pakistan’s foreign policy to align it with present-day imperatives. Pakistan’s foreign policy should continue to aim for peace and mutually beneficial relations across the globe.
He added that Pakistan’s foreign policy should be guided by a vision of Pakistan as a progressive, economically ascendant state that prioritizes the socio-economic well-being of its people.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan will continue to stand for international law and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, mainstreaming economic diplomacy and support for the Palestinian cause.
Furthermore, he underlined that Pakistan would always champion the Jammu and Kashmir cause and the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute as per the UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of its people.
Highlighting the significance of the conference, the Prime Minister termed it as timely and relevant against the backdrop of profound transformations taking place in the region and around the globe.
Moreover, he reaffirmed his trust in Pakistan’s diplomacy and diplomats in their capability to fully deliver despite pressing odds and expressed the hope that the deliberations of this year’s Conference would lead to practical suggestions to navigate foreign policy in the present day.
The Prime Minister extended his best wishes to the Foreign Office and Pakistani diplomats in safeguarding Pakistan’s interests and advancing Pakistan’s global stature.
In view of regional and global developments, The Envoys Conference is a regular feature for in-depth discussions of various facets of Pakistan’s foreign policy.