Pakistan and the Philippines successfully held a fourth round of policy consultation talks on January 22 with Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Undersecretary Evan Garcia, Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs leading the respective sides.
The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of Pakistan-Philippines bilateral relations in the highly productive meeting. Noting the traditional warmth and cordiality of bilateral ties, both nations expressed satisfaction over the continued growth of mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields including trade, commerce, security and defense.
Chaudhry and Garcia in speaking for the two countries 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. They also agreed on the need for greater interaction between the private sectors of Pakistan and the Philippines.
They then delved into discussions on regional issues and matters pertaining to cooperation at multilateral fora including inter-faith dialogue.
For its part, Pakistan reaffirmed its desire for an enhanced partnership with the Asean. The Philippines, meanwhile, gave an overview of the regional issues in South East Asia.
Pakistan also gave a briefing on the current security situation in the region, the monumental efforts made in countering terrorism, as well as the nation’s ongoing policies to ensure peace in the region.
At the end of the consultation, the Pakistan delegation expressed their gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to them during their stay in the Philippines.
Later in the day the Foreign Secretary Chaudhry called on his counterpart Secretary Albert del Rosario in the latter’s office, to further strengthen the two nations’ relations.