National interests will be safeguarded in talks with new US administration: Maleeha


Pakistan’s Permanent Ambassador to United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi has said that Pakistan’s interests will be safeguarded in talks of all kinds with the new US administration.

In an interview with a private TV channel, Lodhi said that the country’s future strategy would be evolved after seeing what would be the priorities of US’s foreign policy under Donald Trump as president of the US.

She held that the foreign policy was subordinate to national interests. “We will protect Pakistan’s interests in every kind of dialogue process with new US administration. We desire that the new US administration acknowledges Pakistan’s interests,” she added.

Lodhi was of view that the US foreign policy had not been a balanced one for quite some time, and added that the Trump administration would have to pursue a balanced policy.

Lodhi also underlined that the US had fought a longer war in Afghanistan and now they would have to explore opportunities for peace besides resolving the problem through dialogue.