FO Palestinian President due on Saturday

Islamabad: Palestinian President Mehmood Abbas will undertake an official visit of Pakistan on Saturday at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari and will hold talks with Pakistani leadership.

This was stated by the Spokesman Foreign Office Moazzam Ahmed Khan in his weekly briefing here Thursday. He said the Palestinian President who is arriving on the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari will hold talks with the Pakistani leadership on matters of mutual interest.

He said Pakistan enjoys excellent relations with Palestinian Authority and has always supported their right to self-determination and a two-state solution.

FO spokesman said Pakistan played an instrumental role in getting the Palestinians observer status in the United Nations and UNICEF.

On a question on reported North Korea’s nuclear test, the Foreign Office spokesman said Pakistan does recognize every country’s right to enhance its security but there are some obligations at international level that countries have to fulfil.

He said Pakistan has always supported a Nuclear Free Korean Peninsula and endorses six party talks to resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis. He said Pakistan understands that North Korean decision to hold nuclear test contravenes the international obligations.

About Indian reservations on handing over Gawadar Port to China he said this is a bilateral agreement between Pakistan and China and no country should have any objection on it.

Moazzam Ahmed Khan told a questioner that Pakistan has released some Taliban from its jails so far.

Regarding a question about the Ulema conference on Afghanistan issue, he said Pakistani government initiated and supported the idea but we are not trying to determine the agenda of it.

He said Pakistan hopes that Ulema from both sides will overcome their differences soon. He said Ulema Conference might be held on first or second week of next month.

FO spokesman said peace and stability in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan and Pakistan always believes in Afghan led and Afghan administered peace process.

He said US President Barrack Obama in his State of the Union address had indicated that US will pull out its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. He said we hope this withdrawal will be in a responsible manner.

Replying to another questioner the Foreign Office spokesman said there is no change in Pakistan’s policy towards Kashmir. He said Pakistan considers Kashmir a disputed territory and provides diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris in their struggle against Indian occupation.

He said peace and stability is the in the interest of both countries and dialogue is the only way in resolving problems between the two countries.

He said we again call upon Indian government to stop the repressive measures on Kashmiris in the wake of execution of Afzal Guru.

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