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OCTOBER 20, 2017

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Prime Minister addressing the D-8 summit in Istanbul has underscored that Pakistan’s integration into the Eurasian Belt and Road network will provide a firm foundation for its rapid economic development.

D-8 Summit has concluded adopting a declaration calling for injecting fresh dynamism into the Organisation

US Secretary of State will visit Pakistan this month for talks on bilateral relations and regional situation in the context of Islamabad’s critical role in the success of Washington’s South Asia strategy.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to keep the positive momentum in their bilateral relations noted after Army Chief’s recent visit to Kabul.

In occupied Kashmir demonstrations were held to protest the continuing braid-chopping incidents.

In Spain, the government and main opposition party have agreed to hold a new election in Catalonia to resolve political crisis in the country.

Iraqi forces have taken complete control of Kirkuk province from Kurdish fighters on Friday.

United Nations has expressed grave concern over plight of Rohingya Muslim refugee children in Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka have set a victory target of 174 runs for Pakistan in the fourth One Day International at Sharjah.

Pakistan Army has won gold medal in prestigious international military exercise ‘Cambrian Patrol’ in Britain involving armies of twenty-nine countries.

Pakistan motorcar rally begins from Khunjrab Zero point on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has urged the D-8 countries to focus on project implementation for development, progress and prosperity of the people.

He was addressing the ninth summit of the organization at Istanbul in Turkey on Friday.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the organization would continue its journey along the path of more robust economic cooperation.

He also expressed Pakistan’s desire that the member countries should have stronger voice at international level.

He appreciated the theme of the summit “Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation” and said it is in complete harmony with the post-2017 development agenda, visualising sustainable development as one of the core elements of people-centric development.

Referring to eight D-8 summit held in Pakistan in 2012, the Prime Minister said it adopted two landmark documents: the D-8 Charter and the Global Vision.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said another significant milestone achieved during this period was the Observer Status for D-8 at the United Nations.

This enables the Organization to closely interact with various UN agencies and affiliated institutions for cooperative arrangements in priority areas for us.

The Prime Minister urged the summit to take stock of the progress made so far on trade and economic partnership goals. He said the forum is a good opportunity for us to identify and remove the impediments in the way of achieving the Organization’s objectives.

The Prime Minister said it is important for D-8 to fully implement various instruments and agreements aimed at facilitating trade amongst member states, especially those related to Preferential Trade, Small and Medium Enterprises, Customs, Simplification of Visa matters and Civil Aviation.

He said it is also imperative for the governments of member countries to facilitate trade and investment by adopting the necessary legal framework for investment protection and creating an enabling environment for business in their respective countries.

The Prime Minister said realization of our combined potential and optimising collective resources requires cooperation and collaboration at every level and every field.

He said only then will we be able to attain the critical synergy that will bring shared, secure and sustainable prosperity to our nations.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi referred to challenges facing Pakistan including unrelenting terrorism emanating from instability in the neighbourhood and said the country was able to turn the tide due to a comprehensive strategy.

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