Islamabad, October 23, 2020 (PPI-OT):Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Additional Secretary (Americas), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan and Ambassador Jose Luis Perez Gabilondo, Under Secretary Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic led the 4th round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Argentina via video conference on 22 October 2020. Representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change and Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan also attended the meeting. During the consultations, a wide range of bilateral, regional and multilateral matters of mutual interest were discussed.
The Additional Secretary underscored that ever since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Argentina in October 1951, the two countries have enjoyed a cordial relationship based on mutual respect and understanding. He underlined the need to mark the completion of 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in a befitting manner. The Additional Secretary emphasized the importance of expanding bilateral trade between Pakistan and Argentina by increasing interaction at multiple levels and by holding virtual meeting of the Joint Trade Committee in the first quarter of 2021. The Additional Secretary expressed desire to reactivate Pakistan’s Antarctic Programme, and for undertaking more research expeditions to Antarctica by the Pakistani experts with the collaboration of Argentina.
The Additional Secretary highlighted the plight of the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IIOJK) and underlined that India continued to unleash a reign of terror in the IIOJK even during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exchange of views also covered impact of COVID-19 on the national and global economy and measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the lives of the common people. The Additional Secretary reiterated the offer extended by the DRAP to export locally-produced ventilators to Argentina. The Prime Minister’s ‘Global Initiative on Debt Relief’ for the developing countries and cooperation in the fields of climate change including Prime Minister’s initiative for Ten Billion Plantation Drive, sports, culture and people-to-people contacts through visa facilitation also came under discussion.
The Additional Secretary also highlighted the importance of Parliamentary exchanges between the two countries and mutual cooperation in such fora as the IPU. The two sides also took stock of the under-process bilateral agreements and MOUs. A Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary issues related to Bilateral Trade between the Ministry of National Food Security and Research of Pakistan and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Argentine Republic was signed in Buenos Aires by the Ambassador of Pakistan in Argentina and the Minister for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina. The Additional Secretary, on behalf of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, also extended an invitation to the Foreign Minister of Argentina to visit Pakistan at a mutually convenient date.
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