PR No.142 4th round of Pakistan-Brazil Bilateral Political Consultations Islamabad: March 16, 2017
The 4th round of Pakistan-Brazil Bilateral Political Consultations was held in Islamabad, on 15-16 March 2017. Mr. Shuja Alam, Director General (Americas) led the Pakistan side, while the Brazilian delegation was led by Mr. Ary Quintella, the Under-Secretary General, ad interim, for Asia Pacific and Director General for South, Central Asia and the Pacific. Brazil’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Claudio Lins accompanied the delegation.
The two sides reviewed the entire spectrum of relations and identified specific areas of opportunities for further strengthening bilateral cooperation. The evolving peace and security environment in the region and coordination on multilateral issues also came under discussion. The two sides particularly looked at expanding commercial and trade sector cooperation and explored possibilities for enhanced collaboration in the field of defence, education, and culture.
The MoU between Foreign Service Academy and Rio Branco Institute and the Agreement on Technical Cooperation was finalized and will be signed soon. Both sides also agreed to speed up the finalization of pending MoUs/Agreements between the two countries covering a range of fields such as defence cooperation, aviation, investment, trade and eradication of poverty.
The delegation also called on Mr. Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and Mr. Waheed-ul-Hassan, Acting Foreign Secretary. The two sides explored mutual areas of cooperation and interest during these meetings. Both agreed to continue and hold regular talks to further strengthen relations and bolster bilateral cooperation.
The Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Brazil were institutionalized in 2010 with the first session convened in Brasilia on 11 February 2010. Last session of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Brazil was held in Brasilia on 12 March 2015.