Economy assumes centre stage in modern diplomacy: FM

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ISLAMABAD:

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stressed the need for the growing significance of geo-economics in international politics, saying that economic diplomacy had assumed centre stage in modern diplomatic practice.

“I hope that peace in Afghanistan can contribute towards the further deepening of Pakistan’s economic ties with Central Asia,” he said while presiding over a virtual meeting on economic diplomacy on Monday. Pakistan’s ambassadors in Central and South Asian countries – including Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives and Nepal – were in attendance.

Highlighting the government’s paradigm shift from geopolitics to geo-economic cooperation, he urged the envoys to make concerted efforts to implement the government’s economic agenda.

The foreign minister briefed the envoys about his interaction with foreign dignitaries during his recent visits to Central Asian countries.

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