Pakistan expresses resolve to strengthen partnership with ASEAN member states

Pakistan expressed its commitment to support ASEAN Centrality in the evolving regional architecture

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Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen partnership with Association of South East Asian Nations’ member states.
The resolve was expressed by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood during a roundtable discussion with heads of missions from ASEAN countries in Islamabad today (Friday).
The Foreign Secretary reiterated to forge closer cooperation in political-security, trade, economy and socio-cultural domains with the ASEAN member states.
On the way forward, ASEAN and Pakistan agreed to develop a medium-term cooperation roadmap comprising practical, feasible and mutually beneficial activities to guide collaboration between the two sides.
Recognising ASEAN’s important role in promoting peace, stability and economic development in the region, Pakistan expressed its commitment to support ASEAN Centrality in the evolving regional architecture.
Both sides reviewed ASEAN-Pakistan cooperation over the past years and discussed the ways and means to enhance collaboration in areas such as combating transnational crime, illicit drugs, trade, investment, science and technology, disaster management, tourism, human resource development, connectivity, and narrowing the development gap.

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