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One hundred eighty officers of the National Defence University (NDU) attending the “National Security & War Course” visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today for a briefing on the Foreign Policy Formulation Process.

The participants included one hundred twenty Armed Forces officers, twenty four civilian participants and forty Allied officers from friendly countries including China, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Brunei Darussalam, Iran, USA, UK, Brazil, Malaysia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Lebanon.

The participants were briefed by Additional Secretary (Spokesperson) Qazi Khalilullah on the impact of domestic, regional and global environment on Foreign Policy Formulation. The structure and organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges and successes, bilateral relations with other countries, positive role played by Pakistan in multilateral forums and contribution to the UN’s peacekeeping operations were explained to the participants.

It was underscored that the success of Government’s policies relating to economic reforms and improvement in security situation due to operation Zarb-e-Azb and implementation of National Action Plan had made Pakistan an attractive destination for foreign investment.

It was emphasized that Pakistani Diaspora was an invaluable asset to the country and all Pakistan Missions had been directed to ensure the welfare of Pakistan community, protect and promote their interests and extend all possible assistance to them.

The Question and Answer session was conducted by the Foreign Secretary Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. The participants asked questions about Pakistan’s relations with India, Afghanistan, the US and strategic stability in South Asia.

26 October 2015

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