Islamabad (Web Desk): Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday emphasized the need for shifting Pakistan's foreign policy to respond to changing global trends and sovereignty, territorial integrity and development of the country.
Addressing the passing out ceremony of 41st diplomatic course for foreign service probationers at Foreign Service Academy in Islamabad, the foreign minister said we have re-oriented the thrust of our diplomatic efforts towards economic benefit and prosperity by putting forward a 'Strategic Engagement Plan' with the European Union and the 'Strategic Economic Framework' with Turkey.
“We have also launched 'Engage Africa' initiative to explore untapped markets and opportunities,” FM Qureshi said, adding that the government is committed to give esteem to overseas Pakistanis and serve them wholeheartedly.
He urged the probationers to be mindful of the opportunities and challenges presented by the digital age.
“The world has entered the era of battles of narratives and information warfare,” FM Qureshi said.
He added that a huge shift in the role of media, its impact on all spheres of life and modern technology is being used to influence opinions and push agendas.