The 8th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Romania was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, today. The Pakistan side was led by Additional Secretary (Europe) Mr. Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui while the Romanian delegation was headed by Mrs. Daniela Grigore Gitman, State Secretary for Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.
A wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues were discussed during the consultations. The two sides while expressing satisfaction over the trajectory of bilateral relations in different areas including economy, defence, parliamentary exchanges, education and culture, stressed on the need for exploring new avenues of cooperation, especially in the fields of agriculture, textile and energy.
The Additional Secretary briefed the Romanian delegation on recent developments in Pakistan including achievements of the Government to improve law and order, efforts for improving economy and overcoming the energy shortages. He also briefed the Romanian delegation on Pakistan’s contribution in the war against terrorism and the successes achieved during the military operation Zarb-e-Azb, as well as the comprehensive policy (National Action Plan) to root out the menace of terrorism and extremism from Pakistani soil.
The Additional Secretary also gave an overview of the Government’s policy of peaceful neighborhood, particularly its endeavors to normalize relations with India and to facilitate an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in Afghanistan.
The Romanian State Secretary said that Pakistan was a very important country and partner of Romania and we are keen to further strengthen bilateral ties with Pakistan. She also appreciated Pakistan’s successes in the fight against terrorism and the policy of peaceful neighborhood, especially its role in facilitating peace process in Afghanistan.