Islamabad, September 16, 2015 (PPI-OT): The second Pakistan – US bilateral meeting on strategic export controls was held at Islamabad on 16 September 2015. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Vann Van Diepen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security and Non-proliferation and Ambassador Tasnim Aslam, Additional Secretary (United Nations and Economic Coordination), at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Strategic Export Controls experts from the two sides shared their respective best practices. The US delegation appreciated the progress on harmonization of Pakistan’s National Control Lists (NCL) with those of control lists of international export control regimes and the steps taken by Pakistan to keep its export control at par with international standards.
Pakistan apprised the US side about the latest developments in Pakistan’s strategic export control system, its internal compliance mechanism and the NCLs’ review process. The US side gave briefings on various export controls aspects including their best practices, training measures and reforms being conducted by the relevant US agencies.
Such interactions are part of Pakistan’s consistent outreach effort to engage with the international community to mutually benefit from the best practices. Pakistan’s non-proliferation measures and the steps taken to further strengthen its export controls are well recognized by the international community.
Pakistan is fully committed to non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and their delivery systems. Based on its credentials, Pakistan qualifies to join export control regimes including NSG. The bilateral meeting is related to the Security, Strategic Stability and Non-proliferation (SSSNP) Working Group, which is part of Pak-US strategic dialogue. The two sides agreed to continue this process in the future meetings.
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