Pakistan thanks Romania for support in natural disasters

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ISLAMABAD, MARCH 27 (DNA) -Minister Delegate for Romanians Abroad Cristian David met with the Additional Secretary for Europe from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Ayesha Riyaz.

The Pakistani official thanked the Romanian authorities for the support lent to Pakistan in relation to natural disasters (the big earthquake of 2005, the floods in 2010 and 2011) and within the EU, to the effect of consolidating the EU’s economic and political relations with Pakistan.

 In the context, she showed that all those demarches contribute to the overall efforts of the international community and the Islamabad authorities to fight terrorism and extremism through economic development.

The very good traditional relations between the two states were evoked, the same as the current bilateral agenda, with a focus on a possible high-level visit to Romania or to Pakistan. Moreover, the interlocutors reviewed the conclusions of the round of bilateral consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries, held the same day.

Pakistani Additional Secretary informed Minister Cristian David of the political developments in Pakistan, the formation of a transition cabinet and preparing the elections of May 2013. Other topics referred to Pakistan’s role in South Asia and the Afghan dossier.-

According to foreign office press release the the sixth round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Romania was held in Bucharest on 25 March 2013. The Pakistan side was represented by Ms Ayesha Riyaz, Additional Secretary (Europe), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Rab Nawaz Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania while the Romanian delegation was headed by Ms. Carmen Liliana Burlacu, Director General Asia Pacific, Latin America and Special Representative for UN and Global Governance.

 The two sides reviewed bilateral relations including cooperation in the political, economic, defence, cultural and educational spheres. The talks focused on exploring possibilities to further deepen bilateral engagement in trade, commerce, investment, hydel power and agro-based industry. Views on regional and global issues of mutual concern and the existing cooperation at multilateral fora were also exchanged.

Ms Riyaz also called on Mr. Cristian David, Minister Delegate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both sides agreed on the need for more frequent exchange of visits at the political level. The next round of consultations would be held in Islamabad in 2014.