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Conclusion of Inaugural Session of Bilateral Political Consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Pakistan and Jordan

(2016-11-22) The Inaugural session of Pakistan-Jordan Bilateral Political Consultations was held in Islamabad today. Additional Secretary (Middle East & Africa) Mr. Tasawar Khan led the Pakistan delegation while the Jordanian side was headed by Ambassador Nayaf El-Zidan, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The entire spectrum of bilateral relations, including political, economic, defence and cultural cooperation were deliberated upon during the meeting. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory in the bilateral relations, and stressed the need to enhance interaction at the leadership level. Close cooperation between Pakistan and Jordan at various multilateral fora, including the UN and the OIC, was also noted with satisfaction.

Acknowledging the deepening economic ties, bilateral trade, agriculture, promotion of investment and regular exchange of visits by business delegations were identified as potential areas to enhance bilateral cooperation further. It was also agreed to hold the 10th meeting of the Pakistan-Jordan Joint Ministerial Commission in the second quarter of 2017, and the inaugural session of Pakistan-Jordan Business Council at a mutually convenient date.

During the consultations, views were also exchanged on a wide range of regional and global issues. The Additional Secretary gave an overview of achievements of Pakistan in improving security situation in the country and the measures taken for the implementation of the National Action Plan. The Jordanian side appreciated Pakistan's successes in Operation Zarb-e-Azb to root out the menace of terrorism. The Additional Secretary also appraised the delegation about important regional developments, including the current situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of massive human rights violations being committed by the Indian security forces, as well as the situation in Afghanistan.

The Secretary General Nayaf-El-Zidan acknowledged Pakistan's role and efforts in promoting regional peace. He also gave a detailed review of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East especially with reference to the situation in Syria, Iraq and Palestine. He reiterated that Jordan would continue to play its role towards complete restoration of peace in the conflict ridden areas in the region.

Both sides acknowledged their similarity of views and approaches on various issues of concern and interest in their respective region. Successful conclusion of the inaugural round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Jordan will pave the way for strengthening the fraternal ties in a robust manner.


Islamabad
22 November 2016