France expresses desire for long partnership with Pakistan over war on terror
ISLAMABAD – The National Security Adviser Lt. General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua has said that by refusing dialogues, India has defeated the spirit of bilateralism, and this would not lead us anywhere.
Talking to the French ambassador to Pakistan Marc Barety who met him in Islamabad on Friday and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation and regional security situation, Janjua said that irrespective of prevailing impasse both Pakistan and India cannot escape dialogue and resolution of their disputes.
“All mature nations seek and resolve their issues by way of dialogue and that is what Pakistan would always insist upon while maintaining its national dignity and honour,” he said.
Nasser Janjua reiterated that Pakistan is willing to have friendly ties with all neighbouring Countries including India.
While discussing the situation in Afghanistan, the adviser termed the recent peace offer by the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as an opportunity to end the perpetual conflict in Afghanistan and stressed that all the stakeholders should play a role in seeking peace there.
“This again should not be put on Pakistan alone. Everyone and particularly regional countries must come forward to help seek peace in Afghanistan,” he added.
The French envoy applauded Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and acknowledged civil and military sacrifices offered by the nation in this regard.
The ambassador expressed the desire to have long-term cooperation with Pakistan in this war against terror.
Marc Barety also highlighted the importance of collective efforts against terrorism and said that France is willing to strengthen defence and intelligence cooperation in a comprehensive framework.
Both sides recognized that the threat of terrorism and particularly Daesh is not yet over and efforts are required to effectively curb this menace in the region.
They had a very rewarding meeting and agreed to improve Pakistan-France relations further and explore more areas to enhance cooperation in other areas as well.