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The Pakistani government has "strongly condemned" the US drone strikes that took place in Mir Ali tehsil in North Waziristan on August 31. The recently appointed government of Prime Minister Nawaf Sharif denounced these "unilateral strikes" as a "violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity", and subsequently demanded an "immediate end to drone strikes."
Since its inception, Mr. Sharif's government has been keen on developing better relations with neighbors. After the significant visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to Islamabad last week, Pakistan and Russia have held their first ever consultations of Foreign Secretaries in Moscow on August 28. Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and Russian First Deputy Minister Vladimir Gennadievich Titov "reaffirmed their commitment to further deepening and diversifying the bilateral relationship to their mutual benefit," and "agreed on the need for maintaining high-level contacts with view to sustaining the present momentum in bilateral cooperation."
Khalid Shameem Wynne, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan, and Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission of China met in Beijing on August 30. The two generals "pledged to further boost military cooperation between the two countries," and co-chaired the 10th China-Pakistan defense and security consultation. Mr. Sharif's government had early said that it attached "great importance to its all weather relations with China" and regarded it as "the bedrock of its foreign policy."
While relations with India got a bit more complicated due to ongoing disagreements over the Line of Control (LoC) and in anticipation of the post-2014 challenges after the NATO/ISAF's withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan has committed to building deeper relations with neighbors.
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