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157716_7738135_updates.jpgForeign Minister Khawaja Asif. Photo: File 

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif left for Turkey on Tuesday.

Sources said the foreign minister will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua is accompanying the foreign minister on the visit.

On Monday, Asif spent the day in Tehran meeting his counterpart as well as Iran President Hassan Rouhani.

The two countries concluded that regional nations need to play their role to resolve the Afghan conflict. 

Pakistan decided to approach regional countries after US President Donald Trump announced his controversial new policy for South Asia, which included 'anti-Pakistan' remarks. 

Since then, Pakistan has gone into a diplomatic offensive, engaging regional countries that share its point of view with regards to Afghanistan. 

On Thursday last, Asif stressed that the United States (US) should respect Pakistan's territorial integrity.

He made the remarks at a news conference following the conclusion of a three-day envoys conference and spoke on Pakistan's foreign policy, focusing on Pak-US relations.

"We want to stay engaged with the United States. We have had a long relationship with them, spanning 70 years,? he said but lamented that people in Washington do not have a full comprehension of the facts.

The present situation in the region and the world as a whole is changing rapidly, he said, adding that we have not seen such major geopolitcal changes since the Second World War.

He said a new paradigm, keeping in view our internal and external situation, will be formed. The prime minister has also advised it and it will be presented in both Houses of Parliament for review, he added.


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