Islamabad, 7 December 2022 (TDI): Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan hosted the Fifth Round of Pakistan – Argentina Bilateral Political Consultations in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Foreign Secretary, Dr. Asad Majeed Khan represented Pakistan, and Foreign Secretary and Vice Foreign Minister of Argentina, Pablo Tettamanti represented Argentina in the dialogues, Foreign Office released a statement.

The two sides discussed a wide range of matters of mutual interest and cooperation. However, both countries agreed to widen the trade and investment ties. Delegations of Pakistan and Argentina also exchanged views on regional security issues.

Foreign Secretary Asad Majeed highlighted the need to further enhance and diversify economic ties and put forward Pakistan’s desire to widen its trade, economic, agriculture, and investment ties with Argentina.

He further urged Argentina to consider establishing Joint Ventures in CEPEC projects as well as in Pakistan’s lucrative SEZs.

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While Pablo Tettamanti agreed to intensify cooperation and coordination at multilateral forums including support for each other’s candidatures at United Nations (UN). Both sides reaffirmed their principled position on UN reforms.

While talking about regional security, Foreign Secretary Asad Majeed emphasized that terrorism is a threat to regional peace and stability and collective effort is needed to eradicate this menace.

He also reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, prosperous, stable, and connected Afghanistan.

Furthermore, Foreign Secretary also briefed the other side on South Asia’s security dynamics, especially since India’s illegal and unilateral actions in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) on 5 August 2019.

While discussing the recent decision of COP27 to establish the Loss and Damage Fund for climate-vulnerable countries, Foreign Secretary underscored that despite being one of the lowest carbon emitters, Pakistan is highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

Besides that, the two sides noted the threats faced by developing countries due to climate change and agreed to strengthen cooperation in addressing the challenges proposed by climate catastrophes.

Pablo Tettamanti met Deputy Speaker 

Pablo Tettamanti also called on Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Zahid Akram Durrani in Parliament House, Islamabad on 6 December.

Both sides agreed that Parliament to Parliament contacts are pivotal for the progress and development of both countries.

Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan is a gateway of trade and connectivity as Pakistan is blessed with Gawadar Port which can connect a number of regional countries for mutual progress and development.

Vice Foreign Minister Pablo Tettamanti expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and praised the abundance of Pakistan’s natural beauty. He also expressed solidarity with the people affected due to recent flash floods in Pakistan.