Sochi moot

Pakistan has surely gained a lot, both directly and indirectly, from the just-held Council of Heads of Governments of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Sochi, Russia. On top of everything else, the moot has further confirmed in a positive manner the much delayed though greatly desired tilt in Islamabad’s foreign policy very clearly from US towards Russia and reaffirmed country’s time-tested and mutually beneficial and trustworthy relations with China as well. This welcome diversification and shift in the foreign policy, in fact, should have been undertaken pretty long ago. But still better late than never, it is generally said.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who represented Pakistan for the first time after assuming the high office and also after Islamabad being conferred full membership of SCO, among others held important meetings with his Russian and Chinese counterparts. PM Abbasi in his meeting with Russian Premier Dmitri Medvedev discussed greater cooperation between the countries in energy and a possible increase in volume of trade. This meeting apparently was part of efforts Islamabad is making to search new alliances as Washington undoubtedly has become most unreliable partner despite being the so-called oldest ally.
The PM’s meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has also been quite important and productive as it has shored up Pakistan’s alliance with China as the two leaders availed the opportunity to express satisfaction over the progress and implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) .
In his address at the moot itself, PM Abbasi very firmly reiterated that Pakistan will not allow any militant groups to operate on its soil and duly mentioned quite significant human and economic losses which Pakistan has suffered in its ongoing fight against militancy. The gradual tilt in the foreign policy must be continued keeping the national interests uppermost.
M ZAHID RIFAT
Lahore

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