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Shaukat Aziz on Pakistan-India Relations and the role of China

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz, recently gave an interview to the Valdai Discussion Club debating the issues facing India and Pakistan’s relationship, Brexit and energising the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Shaukat Aziz claimed that he is “cautiously optimistic” that Pakistan and India can formulate a solution that is a win-win for both countries. He highlighted the fact that both parties have enough issues domestically, and that a peace dividend is attractive for both as well as the rest of the world.

Aziz went on to discuss Brexit generally, as well as the apparent rise of xenophobia in Britain. However he remained positive as the UK and US are both historically tolerant countries, which he believes will remain so.

Finally, Aziz spoke of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. He described the organisation as a good, well thought out grouping of countries, with both similar and different interests. With that said, Aziz hopes that key players such as China and Russia will commit to re-energising the organisation, creating a holistic agenda which taps the potential for increased cooperation between the member countries.

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