Pakistan Indonesia forum reviews whole spectrum of bilateral relations

Islamabad: Bilateral Consultative Forum between Indonesia and Pakistan reviewed the whole spectrum of bilateral relations including political, defence, security, economy and consular matters .

According to the statement, the consultative forum held in Jakarta on 11 July 2017, where both the countries agreed to translate the existing goodwill into concrete measures

To increase people to people contacts, easing visa regime to facilitate exchanges was emphasized. Both sides noted that the upcoming review under the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) discussion provides a good opportunity between Indonesia and Pakistan to foster bilateral trade relations.

Both countries underscored their commitment to continue strengthening bilateral relations especially through the mechanism of Consultative Forum, Joint Commission, Joint Working Group on Counter-terrorism and Policy Planning Dialogue.

It was agreed to hold the Second Meeting of Bilateral Consultative Forum at a mutually convenient date in Pakistan during 2018.

Besides reviewing the current state of bilateral relations, both sides exchanged views on regional and global issues including South Asia and the ASEAN region and expressed satisfaction on cooperation at various multilateral fora.

The delegation was led by Syed Zulfiqar Gardezi, Additional Secretary (Asia Pacific), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan where as the Indonesian side was led by Desra Percaya, Director General for Asia Pacific and African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Pakistan side highlighted the issues in relations with India particularly its continued gross human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

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