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.
2 July 2021
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.”
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi participated in a high level panel discussion on ‘New Realities in Foreign Affairs and Interstate Relations after Covid-19’ at the TRT World Forum 2020, alongside Turkish Foreign Minister H.E Mevlut Çavuşoğlu and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto as moderated by Ali Aslan.
The discussion was premised on the following: As the world continues to face the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that certain foundational aspects of world are set to change. While the contours of these changes are still coming into focus a new horizon is slowly beginning to emerge, one that includes the outlines of transformations in, among other things, how states conduct foreign affairs. Furthermore, the pandemic has also served as an accelerator of trends already in motion, including the shift towards a more multipolar world.
Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
United against Terrorism for Peace and Development: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) 47th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, #Niamey, #Niger, under the theme (United Against Terrorism for Peace and Development) 27 & 28 November 2020. #OIC47CFMNiamey
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is holding the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in the capital of the Republic of Niger, Niamey, on 27 and 28 November 2020, on the theme “United against Terrorism for Peace and Development”.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
Pakistan joins the Digital Cooperation Organisation (DCO) as a founding member
Pakistan has joined the Digital Cooperation Organisation (DCO) as a founding member. Established under an initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, other countries that have been invited to join as founding members include Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and the UAE.
The Organisation was launched at a virtual event today, hosted by H.E. Mr. Abdullah Al-Swaha, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi participated with a video statement.
Lauding the far-sighted initiative of the Saudi Minister of Communication and Information Technology, the Foreign Minister noted that, at a time when the digital economy is estimated to be worth over USD 11 trillion and is set to expand further in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the creation of DCO would cater to the growing need of international cooperation and collaboration in the digital domain. DCO would offer a platform to promote the global digital agenda in the scientific, health, educational, commercial, social, agricultural, investment and security spheres.
Digital Diplomacy has been a core component of the Foreign Minister’s Public Diplomacy Initiative. The Foreign Minister chairs a dedicated Digital Diplomacy working group comprising some of Pakistan’s brightest IT experts, to bring innovation and enhance Pakistan’s digital diplomacy footprint. For countries like Pakistan, with a talented and well-trained pool of human resource sought globally, the information revolution presents a unique opportunity to leapfrog the development deficit. Pakistan’s membership of DCO would contribute to the attainment of that objective.
26 November 2020