ISLAMABAD, JUL 15 – /DNA/ – The 4th Session of Pakistan-New Zealand Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) was held today in virtual mode. The Pakistan side was led by Director General (East Asia Pacific) Aamer Ahmed Atozai, while Andrew Needs, Divisional Manager (South and South East Asia Division) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade of New Zealand led the New Zealand side.

Welcoming the steady progress in multi-dimensional bilateral relations over the years based on mutual trust and understanding, the two sides renewed strong desire and commitment to consolidate and further enhance cooperation in diverse fields in line with their shared objectives of peace and development. The two sides noted the importance of regular interaction and dialogue under existing mechanisms and exchange of high-level visits to provide momentum to the relationship.

The Director General highlighted Pakistan’s focus on ensuring economic security leveraging its geo-economic location, development partnerships, and regional peace and security. It was agreed to enhance tourism, cultural cooperation, educational linkages and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

Director General Atozai briefed the New Zealand side on Pakistan’s relations with the neighbouring countries and also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terrorism. He also underscored the importance of peaceful resolution of outstanding disputes as per international legitimacy and relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions for durable peace and stability in South Asia.

Pakistan and New Zealand enjoy cordial and cooperative relations based on mutual trust and understanding.