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Meeting between the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary General Foreign Affairs of Austria

(2015-11-30) During his visit to Vienna, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry met his Austrian counterpart, Secretary General Dr. Michael Linhart at the Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, today.

The Foreign Secretary briefed the Austrian side on notable gains achieved by Pakistan in the counterterrorism campaign. He also briefed him on Pakistan's positive role in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan as well as its efforts to facilitate Afghan reconciliation efforts. The Foreign Secretary particularly highlighted that, as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan has taken extensive measures in the areas of nuclear safety, nuclear security, export controls and command & control. Pakistan's nuclear policy rests on the twin pillars of restraint and responsibility and is exclusively geared towards maintaining strategic stability in South Asia.

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory of bilateral relations, emphasizing the need for enhanced trade and investment. They also discussed matters of mutual interest including migration, human rights, as well as cooperation in multilateral fora. The Foreign Secretary extended an invitation to Dr. Linhart to visit Islamabad, which was accepted.