Philippines, Pakistan hold 4th round of policy consultations
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - January 25, 2015 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The fourth round of policy consultation talks between Pakistan and the Philippines was held last Thursday in Manila.

Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry led the Pakistan delegation, while Evan Garcia, undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs, led the Philippine panel.

The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of Pakistan-Philippine relations. Noting the traditional warmth and cordiality of bilateral ties, they expressed satisfaction at the continued growth of mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields including trade, commerce, security and defense.

Both sides reiterated their commitment to further intensify cooperation in the fields of culture, tourism, trade, education, science and technology, civilian nuclear energy and promotion of people-to-people contacts.

Both sides also agreed on the need for greater interaction between the private sectors of the two countries.

They also discussed regional issues and matters pertaining to cooperation at multilateral forums, including inter-faith dialogue.

Pakistan reaffirmed its desire for an enhanced partnership with ASEAN.

The Philippine side gave an overview of regional issues in Southeast Asia, while the Pakistan side discussed the situation in South Asia, the monumental efforts made in countering terrorism as well as Pakistan’s efforts aimed at ensuring peace in the region.

The Pakistan delegation expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to them during their stay in the Philippines.

Foreign Secretary Chaudhry later called on  Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario.

EVAN GARCIA FOREIGN FOREIGN SECRETARY CHAUDHRY PAKISTAN PAKISTAN AND THE PHILIPPINES PAKISTAN-PHILIPPINE PHILIPPINE SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALBERT POLICY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AIZAZ AHMAD CHAUDHRY SOUTH ASIA SOUTHEAST ASIA
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