On the invitation of the State Councilor and Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will visit China

Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri  Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Visit of Foreign Minister to China, 23-24 July 2021
On the invitation of the State Councilor and Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will visit China from 23-24 July 2021. The Foreign Minister will be accompanied by senior officials. The visit is part of the high-level exchanges between Pakistan and China.

​During the visit, both sides will inter alia discuss further deepening of bilateral relations, focus on cooperation in the high quality development under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), defence and security cooperation, Covid-19 vaccines, counter-terrorism and regional and international issues of mutual interest. The visit will play an important role in further strengthening Pakistan-China “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership” and will expand strategic communication and coordination with China on a range of issues.
​This year, Pakistan and China are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. More than 100 celebratory events have been planned of which over 60 events have already been held so far. These celebrations have immensely contributed to injecting a fresh vigour and warmth in the traditional friendship.
​Pakistan and China are the closest friends and staunch partners. The time-tested Pakistan-China relationship is based on unparalleled mutual trust, understanding and commonality of interests. Both sides are fully committed to building closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future.

 

 

 

Islamabad
23 July 2021

 

 

“journalists, judges, diplomats, government officials, rights activists, and global leaders including Prime Minister Imran Khan”

 

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Responding to media queries regarding India’s use of Israeli spyware – Pegasus – to hack the phones and computers of journalists, judges, diplomats, government officials, rights activists, and global leaders including Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Spokesperson stated:
We have noted with serious concern recent international media reports exposing Indian government’s organised spying operations against its own citizens, foreigners as well as Prime Minister Imran Khan, using an Israeli origin spyware.
We condemn in strongest possible terms India’s state-sponsored, continuing and widespread surveillance and spying operations in clear breach of global norms of responsible state behaviour.
Keeping a clandestine tab on dissenting voices is a long-standing textbook ploy of the RSS-BJP regime to commit human rights atrocities in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and peddle disinformation against Pakistan. The world has seen the true face of the so-called Indian “democracy” when the reports of EU Disinfo Lab, Indian Chronicle, surfaced earlier last year.
We are closely following these revelations and will bring the Indian abuses to the attention of appropriate global platforms.
In view of the gravity of these reports, we call on the relevant UN bodies to thoroughly investigate the matter, bring the facts to light, and hold the Indian perpetrators to account.
Islamabad
23 July 2021

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Foreign Secretary addresses Expert Dialogue on “Pakistan-ASEAN: Shared Future and the Way Forward”
Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood delivered keynote address at the Experts Dialogue on “Pakistan-ASEAN: Shared Future and the Way Forward”, co-organized by the Embassy of Indonesia and the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI).
Noting the steady trajectory of Pakistan-ASEAN relations, the Foreign Secretary underlined the high priority accorded by Pakistan to its relations with South East Asian nations and its recognition of ASEAN’s vast economic potential and its centrality in the regional architecture.
Consistent with “Vision East Asia” policy, the Foreign Secretary underscored Pakistan’s commitment to further strengthen Pakistan-ASEAN partnership in all dimensions. He specifically stressed the importance of forging closer cooperation in political, economic, security, tourism, education and socio-cultural domains.
The Foreign Secretary highlighted the range of steps taken by Pakistan to foster multifaceted engagement with ASEAN and the commitment to deepen trade and economic linkages with ASEAN member states. He added that this was in line with Pakistan’s economic diplomacy outreach and consistent with the leadership’s emphasis on geo-economics.
He encouraged ASEAN member countries to consider investment in Special Economic Zones of CPEC. He also underlined the importance for Pakistani business community to see how mutually-beneficial collaboration could be achieved by engaging with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), recently concluded by ASEAN and its key trading partners.
The Foreign Secretary reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to continue working towards up-gradation of its relationship with ASEAN to the level of Full Dialogue Partner (FDP). The Foreign Secretary further emphasized the importance of hard and soft connectivity between Pakistan and ASEAN — including in transportation, communication and cyber domains, between the ports, and among the peoples.
Pakistan is a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN since 1993 and is also a member of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) since 2004.
Islamabad
2 July 2021

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 Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri. Mofa Pakistan

In response to queries from some media colleagues regarding the tragic deaths of seven Canadian Pakistanis in house fire in Alberta, Canada, the following is attributable to Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death, due to house fire, of seven Canadian Pakistanis including four children in Alberta, Canada. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this tragic incident. We also pray for quick and full recovery of the injured.
Our Consulate General in Vancouver is in contact with the relevant Canadian authorities to ascertain the facts, and with the bereaved family to offer all possible assistance.
As per the relevant Canadian authorities, the cause of the fire is still unknown, however preliminary investigations indicate that it’s not criminal in nature.”

Pakistan rejects the inclusion of its name in the U.S. State Department’s “Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) List”

 

Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri.    Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Pakistan rejects the inclusion of its name in the U.S. State Department’s “Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) List”
We categorically reject the unsubstantiated and baseless inclusion of Pakistan in the “Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) List” – published under a domestic U.S. legislation – in the U.S. State Department’s Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2021.
Pakistan does not support any non-state armed group; nor any entity recruiting or using child soldiers. Pakistan’s efforts in fighting non-state armed groups including terrorist entities are well recognised. The inclusion of Pakistan in the “CSPA List” depicts a factual error and lack of understanding. No State institution was consulted by the U.S. prior to the publication of the report. Nor were any details provided of the basis on which the conclusion was reached.
Overall, on the issue of Trafficking in Persons, Pakistan is committed to fighting this scourge both at the national and international levels. We have taken a range of legislative and administrative actions in that regard during the last one year, including the approval of Rules under the domestic Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Acts; National Action Plan 2021-25 prepared jointly by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); and enhancement of capacity building and inter-agency cooperation of Law Enforcement Agencies involved in anti-human smuggling.
Pakistan has been voluntarily submitting information for the TIP Report to the U.S. Government since 2007 and has actively worked on implementing the practicable recommendations of these reports.
Pakistan calls upon the authorities concerned in the United States to review the baseless assertions made in the TIP Report, especially with regard to the unwarranted inclusion of Pakistan in the “CSPA List.” Pakistan also expects the sharing of “credible information” on cases involving Trafficking in Persons as well as on allegations pertaining to support to armed groups using child soldiers.
Pakistan’s views and perspective on the subject have been conveyed to the U.S. side. Pakistan would continue to remain engaged with the U.S. Government through bilateral channels for constructive dialogue on all issues of mutual interest.
Islamabad
02 July 2021

It is my honor and privilege to participate in this august forum. Asia and Pacific High-Level Video Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation is indeed a timely initiative, underscoring the imperative of global cooperation

Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri.   Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad.

Asia and Pacific High Level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation (Wednesday, 23 June 2021)

Statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Evening
It is my honor and privilege to participate in this august forum. Asia and Pacific High-Level Video Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation is indeed a timely initiative, underscoring the imperative of global cooperation;
On combating the pandemic to support economic resilience; and
Promoting a Green Silk Road for sustainable development.
I must congratulate China’s leadership on hosting this conference and creating awareness about the dangers posed by this pandemic. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, post pandemic economic recovery and green sustainable development have remained the priorities of Belt and Road partner countries.
My special thanks are due to my dear friend, Mr. Wang Yi, for leading this extraordinary initiative.
I am also privileged to be wrapping-up today’s thought provoking deliberations. Innovative and beneficial ideas have been shared during the course of the Conference.
Excellencies,


We are meeting today at a time when the world is undergoing unprecedented transformation. Countries of Asia and Pacific are moving ever closer to the center-stage of global affairs, while we continue to face common and mounting challenges such as climate change, COVID-19 induced inequalities, and non-traditional threats, to name just a few.
Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world. Apart from the medical catastrophe that it inflicted, it is having a far-reaching political, social, and economic impact on the globe. The pandemic has led to economic slowdown, bankruptcies, financial fissures, job losses and disruption in global supply chains. It has indeed tested the resilience of the existing global economic system and restructured the ways in which the economic and social problems must be conceived and addressed.
As aptly underscored in today’s conference, we need unity, solidarity and multilateral cooperation for post-pandemic economic recovery. Our fruitful cooperation in combating COVID-19 for timely economic rebound would require: sharing experiences and best practices for diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; enhancing the availability, accessibility and affordability of vaccines through joint research and production; improving developing countries’ access to vaccines; and calling for preferential financing from multilateral development institutions for developing countries. This can only be done through robust multilateral policy measures and broad-based cooperation.
Additionally, there is a need to mobilize the finance needed by developing countries to recover from the Covid-19 induced recession and to restore them on the path to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Developing countries should also be able to borrow from the markets at the prevailing low interest rates available to developed countries.
Excellencies,
To fight the pandemic effectively, the government of Pakistan followed a ‘smart lockdowns’ policy and adopted the three–pronged strategy focused on ‘Saving Lives, Securing Livelihoods, and Stimulating the Economy’. To target the vulnerable segments of the population, the government disbursed Rs. 203 billion to 15 million families through its ‘Ehsas Emergency Cash Program’.
We have launched a vaccination drive that will cover 70 million people by December 2021. In this regard, 12 million vaccine doses have been administered to over 9.5 million citizens. Earlier this month, Pakistan began local production of Chinese made vaccine, underscoring the resilience of our industrial supply chains and China’s growing role in fostering international cooperation in healthcare.
Our efforts to contain and reverse the worst effects of COVID-19 have been enormously helped by China. The Government and people of Pakistan remain profoundly grateful to the Chinese leadership and people for their unstinting solidarity and support in our endeavours to fight the pandemic.
Excellencies,
Two centuries after the industrial revolution, the world has finally come to realize that humanity can and must seek harmonious co-existence with nature. The challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic are a great opportunity not only to rebuild better, but also greener. We must seize this opportunity to transform our economies into ones that are development-oriented and environmentally sustainable. The developed countries must fulfill their commitments under the Paris Agreement to support developing countries in their climate action and to mobilize 100 billion US Dollars annually in climate finance as they have promised.
To recover from the adverse economic impact of the pandemic, Pakistan has launched the ‘Green Economic Stimulus Initiative’ as a part of its efforts. This stimulus has already generated 85,000 green jobs-a number we plan to increase by another 100,000 by the end of this year.
To mitigate the effects of climate-change, Pakistan has launched one of the most ambitious aforestation and reforestation drives in the world. We have already planted one billion trees and mangroves out of a target of 10 billion. Our mangrove cover has expanded three-folds in the last ten years. We exceeded our target in the first phase of Bonn Challenge 2020 of restoring more than 865,000 acres of degraded landscapes in our Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. We have now voluntarily pledged to restore nearly 2.5 million acres by 2023, including in urban areas.
Pakistan was also proud global host of this year’s World Environment Day, which carried special significance as it also formally launched the “United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030”. This reflects our commitment to counter environmental degradation and reversing biodiversity loss. We are ready to contribute more than our share to protect this invaluable planet and help it heal from centuries of neglect.
In the wake of emerging global and regional environment, Pakistan has recalibrated its priorities from geo-politics to geo-economics. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), complements Pakistan’s renewed efforts of geo-economic shift with emphasis on economic integration and regional connectivity. Moreover, in line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘Green Vision’, which aligns perfectly with President Xi Jinping’s vision for Green China, turning CPEC into Green CPEC is a priority for Pakistan.
Excellencies,
We have to think in the long-term, keeping in mind the best interest of our future generations. We are ready to join hands for win-win outcomes. Our success lies in cooperative multilateralism and partnership. Let Asia Pacific and BRI partners take the lead. Pakistan is willing to work with all members to advance our shared objectives.
Wrapping Up,
We highly appreciate the strong and unwavering support, from His Excellency President Xi Jinping and BRI partners, in this journey towards shared prosperity.
We also welcome partner countries in the Asia and Pacific region, together with our many friends elsewhere, to contribute to and benefit from our cooperation on the Belt and Road. As avowed by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Second Belt and Road Forum, Pakistan as the host of the BRI’s flagship project, will also do its part as we join hands to realize our countries’ shared vision of a clean and green Belt and Road development.
Therefore, echoing the sentiments of the speakers today, let me on behalf of this distinguished forum, endorse President Xi Jinping’s declaration of making COVID-19 vaccine a global public good, dispel notions of stigmatization, and reject vaccine nationalism. We should make collective endeavors to ensure equitable and affordable supply of vaccine to developing countries. Therefore, we fully endorse the initiatives for ‘Belt and Road Partnership on COVID-19 Vaccines Cooperation’ and ‘Belt and Road Partnership on Green International Development’ being launched today.
Excellencies,
We must seize the opportunity that has arisen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to rectify the structural inequalities that cause economic crises in the Global South. Let us shun the dangerous zero-sum geopolitical games and envisage our developmental goals keeping in view our consideration for environmental protection and preservation.
I am confident that our deliberations today will help us draw the right lessons. It is only through collective efforts that we can abide by our respective commitments to our nations, as well as our shared responsibility to future generations of humanity.
On behalf of the participants, and on my own behalf, I extend my gratitude to the State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi for successfully convening this conference.
Thank you.

I sincerely congratulate Russian medical workers on their professional holiday, which the whole country celebrates with you today

Russian Foreign Ministry – МИД России

Vladimir Putin congratulated domestic workers and veterans on the Day of medical workers.
I sincerely congratulate Russian medical workers on their professional holiday, which the whole country celebrates with you today.
For all of us, for all citizens, this is an opportunity to say the warmest, heartfelt words to everyone who devoted themselves to a great noble mission – to treat people, to protect the most valuable things – human life and health.
This calling requires special mental qualities: mercy and responsiveness, and sometimes true courage, willingness to risk yourself to save others.
I understand well that many of you meet your holiday on duty, literally the word at a combat post. The fight against the coronavirus epidemic continues continuously, round the clock. She is led by those who rescue serious patients in intensive care and ′′ red zone ′′ hospitals, goes to emergency calls with ambulances.
In this difficult situation, it is coherently, clearly all the links of domestic health continue to work. Each of you works professionally and safely.
Special words would like to say to hospital and clinic workers who continue to provide planned assistance to people, to conduct appointments, to make the most difficult, sometimes unique operations. All the past months, you’ve actually been working for yourself and for your colleagues who fight the coronavirus, and despite such a burden, you’ve been doing your duty.
Sincerely thank you for your work and service to the people of general practice doctors, specialists, paramedics and junior medical staff, ambulance and sanitation teams, employees of medical services of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Emergency Situations and other departments, students, professors, teachers of medical colleges and universities, teams of leading scientific and practical centers and non-state health organizations.
Now our common task is to concentrate all efforts, all resources to protect citizens from coronavirus and its consequences. First of all, vaccination pace must be increased. We have all the possibilities for this. Russia today has four own vaccines against coronavirus, and the development of new vaccines and medicines continues.
And, of course, despite the complexity of the current situation, we need to expand the dispensary programs, provide timely assistance to patients with cardiovascular, cancer, endocrine and other diseases.
We will definitely continue to develop the entire healthcare system, including the primary link. We know his problems and, to solve them, launched regional programs for modernization of our clinics, city and district hospitals, FAPs.
They should be built on a new technology base, renovated buildings, equipped with modern therapeutic and diagnostic equipment, including computer tomographs.
The main result of modernization of the primary should be the confidence of people that they will always receive affordable, high-quality medical care everywhere, while doctors, paramedics, nurses – both in cities and rural areas – will work in modern, decent conditions.
Of course, the most important issue is pay, commensurate with the burden and responsibility of medical workers. During the epidemic, we especially support doctors, nurses, ambulances, who directly provide assistance to coronavirus patients. In total, almost one million two hundred thousand health workers received special payments. More than 350 billion rubles have already been allocated for this purpose. And I would like to point out today: these payments will be continued.
Certainly, your noble, hard work is always indispensable, and it must be fair and decent to pay. The new health care system should provide the same base salary sizes for all regions and beyond that, an understandable, transparent list of additional payments and allowances. We will definitely reflect and implement this modern model in dialogue with you, based on the proposals of the entire medical community of Russia.
Once again, happy holiday to you.
Thank you for your hard work, for your courage, loyalty to the profession and duty. Low bow to you, all your colleagues.
Good health and all the best

Meeting of the Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum, Turkey, 19 June 2021. Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Meeting of the Foreign Minister with Foreign Minister of Malaysia on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum, Turkey, 19 June 2021
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Mr. Hishammuddin Hussein on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) on 19 June 2021.
The two Foreign Ministers exchanged views on a wide range of issues of mutual interest including bilateral ties covering political, trade and economic matters, as well as cooperation at the United Nations, OIC, ASEAN and other multilateral fora.

Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasized the importance of close cooperation to overcome challenges brought by Covid-19. Both Foreign Ministers discussed best practices in this regard.
While emphasizing Pakistan’s commitment to inter-faith harmony, Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his Malaysian counterpart on Pakistan’s efforts to confront Islamophobia in the world. He underscored the need for formulating a common strategy to counter this menace especially at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations with support of other countries.

The two Foreign Ministers agreed on keeping the positive momentum in the political relations, deepening mutually beneficial trade and economic ties, expanding cultural relations, promoting tourism and people-to-people exchanges. They also agreed to remain engaged on issues of common interest, both bilateral and multilateral.
Islamabad
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Both the EU and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion and belief (including concerns about anti-Muslim hatred), the rights of persons belonging to minorities, freedom of expression, women’s rights and children’s rights. Pakistan informed about developments concerning the Journalist Protection Bill

  Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri. MOFA
Joint efforts in the fields of democracy, governance, rule of law and human rights, cooperation on human rights issues at international fora, and the promotion and protection of all fundamental freedoms were discussed.
Both the EU and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion and belief (including concerns about anti-Muslim hatred), the rights of persons belonging to minorities, freedom of expression, women’s rights and children’s rights. Pakistan informed about developments concerning the Journalist Protection Bill, the Forced or Involuntary Disappearance Bill and the Anti-Torture Law

 

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Pakistan-EU Joint Commission
The Pakistan-European Union Joint Commission was held by video conference on 16 June 2021. The plenary of the Joint Commission was preceded by sub-group meetings on Development Cooperation (25 February 2021); Trade (2 March 2021); and Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights (1 June 2021).
The Joint Commission provided an opportunity to exchange views on all areas of cooperation between the EU and Pakistan. Pakistan underlined that the EU is a valued partner of Pakistan, being home to a large Pakistani diaspora, its biggest trading partner and a source for investment, remittances and economic assistance. The EU and Pakistan reiterated their commitment for the full and effective implementation of the EU–Pakistan Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP), signed in June 2019.
The Joint Commission discussed the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The humanitarian assistance provided by the European Union was highly appreciated. The ongoing vaccination programmes and future cooperation in vaccines were also discussed. Pakistan’s efforts for sustainable economic recovery were also highlighted.
They also exchanged views on climate change, where the EU informed Pakistan about the European Green Deal, connectivity and digitalization, and Pakistan briefed about various climate projects, including eco-system restoration, green stimulus and national electric vehicle policy. They also discussed cooperation in the fields of education, culture, science and technology. The Joint Commission also provided an opportunity to discuss migration and mobility and to follow up on the discussions of the EU-Pakistan Joint Readmission Committee, which was held on 24 February 2021.
The EU and Pakistan agreed to enhance bilateral trade, including by addressing issues that are hampering trade and investment, improving the business climate, and Pakistan’s efforts towards full implementation of the 27 international conventions stipulated under the EU’s unilateral trade preferences scheme, the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). Pakistan acknowledged the extension of its GSP+ status as a mutually rewarding step and affirmed its full commitment to fulfil its obligations under the GSP+. Pakistan underlined the relevant measures and actions taken since September last year.
On development cooperation, the EU and Pakistan appreciated encouraging progress. Pakistan appreciated the EU’s decision to re-orient its development assistance to support Pakistan’s efforts to tackle effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Joint Commission also exchanged views on priorities of future development cooperation.
Joint efforts in the fields of democracy, governance, rule of law and human rights, cooperation on human rights issues at international fora, and the promotion and protection of all fundamental freedoms were discussed.
Both the EU and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion and belief (including concerns about anti-Muslim hatred), the rights of persons belonging to minorities, freedom of expression, women’s rights and children’s rights. Pakistan informed about developments concerning the Journalist Protection Bill, the Forced or Involuntary Disappearance Bill and the Anti-Torture Law.
The EU raised concerns regarding death penalty and the abuse of blasphemy laws.
The EU welcomed the progress made by Pakistan in the implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plan and Pakistan’s commitment to continue the engagement with the FATF to address all the remaining issues.
While recalling the joint declaration on Afghanistan during the 5th session of the Pakistan-EU Strategic Dialogue, the EU and Pakistan reaffirmed their strong support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and encouraged the parties to the conflict to resume negotiations in earnest to achieve lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. The achievements of the last 20 years in socio-economic development, human rights and fundamental freedoms should be preserved. The EU and Pakistan, therefore, call on the parties to observe a lasting humanitarian ceasefire, in response to the global appeal by UN Secretary General Guterres, and to strive towards a complete elimination of violence as a clear demonstration of their genuine commitment to lasting peace and reconciliation.
The EU appreciated Pakistan’s hosting of millions of Afghan refugees for past two decades. The EU assured Pakistan of its cooperation and ongoing work towards a durable solution, including through assisting and promoting the safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland. In this regard, the EU and Pakistan emphasised the need for a well-resourced and time-bound roadmap.
Pakistan briefed the EU on the recent developments in the region and reiterated its concerns regarding the human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian controlled part of Jammu and Kashmir. The EU welcomed the recent reiteration by Pakistan and India to fully implement the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding along the Line of Control and encouraged more confidence-building measures between Pakistan and India.
The EU expressed its readiness to support regional integration and sustainable connectivity in the South Asia region.
The Joint Commission was co-chaired by Mr. Noor Ahmed, Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD), and Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific in the European External Action Service ZXC
(EEAS). Representatives of relevant Ministries of Government of Pakistan as well as from the European Commission, the Ambassador of the EU to Pakistan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the EU and observers from EU Member States also participated in the meeting.
It was agreed to hold the next session of the Joint Commission in Islamabad in 2022.
Islamabad
18 June 2021