Pakistan-Poland agree to expand cooperation in diverse fields


ISLAMABAD: The 6th round of Pakistan-Poland Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) was held in Islamabad on Wednesday. The Pakistan side was led by Additional Secretary (Europe) Ambassador Zaheer A Janjua while Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Marek Magierowski headed the Polish side.

The two sides undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral ties and discussed ways and means to enhance cooperation in diverse spheres, especially in the fields of economy, trade and commerce. Cooperation in energy, industry, investment, agriculture, Science Technology and Innovation (STI), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), education, culture, defence and parliamentary exchanges also came under discussion.

The two sides also deliberated on the emerging peace and security environment at the regional and global levels.

The additional secretary briefed on Pakistan’s efforts to reach out to neighbouring countries and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to constructively contribute towards the promotion of peace and stability in the region. The Polish side was also briefed on the human rights violations of Kashmiri civilians in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The additional secretary also apprised the Polish side on Pakistan’s credentials for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and emphasised the need for a criteria-based, non-discriminatory approach for the new non-NPT states.

The Polish deputy foreign minister also called on foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua at the Foreign Office yesterday.

The foreign secretary expressed satisfaction at the overall state of bilateral relations and underscored the need for enhanced efforts to add greater content to the relations, especially in the field of economics and trade. She briefed the deputy foreign minister on Pakistan’s gains in the security and counter-terrorism areas, economic growth and strengthening of democratic institutions.

She also highlighted Pakistan’s perspectives on challenges confronting the region, including the situation in Afghanistan.

The deputy foreign minister reaffirmed the importance Poland attaches to its relations with Pakistan and agreed with the shared desire of the two countries to further expand cooperation, particularly in the fields of economy, trade and investments.