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ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General meets Pakistani Ambassador


Jakarta, 25 March 2024 (TDI): The Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Political and Security Community, Dato’ Astanah Abdul Aziz, welcomed the Ambassador of Pakistan to ASEAN, Ameer Khurram Rathore, for a courtesy call at the ASEAN Secretariat on March 25.

Meanwhile, enhancing ASEAN-Pakistan Sectoral Dialogue Partnership and implementation of APSDP: Practical Cooperation Areas were the key areas of discussion.

The meeting aimed to bolster the ASEAN-Pakistan Sectoral Dialogue Partnership, emphasizing practical cooperation areas for the period 2024-2028.


During the meeting, Deputy Secretary-General Dato’ Astanah Abdul Aziz and Ambassador Ameer Khurram Rathore engaged in productive discussions on avenues to further enhance the partnership between ASEAN and Pakistan.

Both parties underscored the significance of robust collaboration in various sectors, affirming their commitment to exploring new opportunities for cooperation.

ASEAN-Pakistan Sectoral Dialogue Partnership (2024-2028)

Further, highlighting the importance of the recently adopted ASEAN-Pakistan Sectoral Dialogue Partnership: Practical Cooperation Areas (2024-2028), the officials deliberated on strategies to effectively implement the agreed-upon initiatives.

These practical cooperation areas encompass a wide range of fields, including trade, investment, education, culture, and people-to-people exchanges.

Through concerted efforts, ASEAN and Pakistan aim to deepen their engagement and mutual understanding, fostering greater regional stability and prosperity.

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Deputy Secretary-General Dato’ Astanah Abdul Aziz expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s continued support and active participation in ASEAN-led mechanisms.

She emphasized the role of dialogue partnerships in promoting regional integration and addressing common challenges faced by ASEAN Member States and their partners.

Outlook toward a Promising Future

Ambassador Ameer Khurram Rathore reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening its partnership with ASEAN, recognizing the organization’s pivotal role in shaping regional architecture.

He commended ASEAN’s efforts in promoting dialogue, cooperation, and mutual respect among nations.

Furthermore, reiterated Pakistan’s readiness to contribute meaningfully to the shared objectives of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.

The meeting concluded on a positive note, with both sides expressing optimism about the future trajectory of the ASEAN-Pakistan partnership.

Deputy Secretary-General Dato’ Astanah Abdul Aziz and Ambassador Ameer Khurram Rathore reiterated their commitment to working closely together to harness the full potential of their collaboration and to achieve tangible outcomes for the benefit of the peoples of ASEAN and Pakistan.

The writer is a dedicated graduate student pursuing an MPhil in DSS from NDU Islamabad.

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