Pakistan updates Australia on regional policy, peace initiatives


-HC Babar Amin delivers speech to the 2021 Defence and Strategic Course
CANBERRA: High Commissioner Babar Amin on Friday delivered an address to the 2021 Defence and Strategic Course at the Australian War College on Pakistan’s view on the current regional security issues in the context of Indo Pacific.
Briefing the participants, the High Commissioner stated that Pakistan prefers the traditional formulation of Asia Pacific which better reflects the historic and geographical realities of the region. He emphasized that ASEAN centrality was and should remain at the heart of the Asia Pacific.He stated that all the countries in the region needed to work together and should avoid geo-strategic concepts that promoted exclusionary groupings.
He added that Pakistan wanted to preserve and strengthen its bilateral relations without being identified with any grouping. It would like to work for peace, progress and prosperity of the broader region. Speaking on Pakistan’s focus on geo-economic from geo-strategic outlook, the High Commissioner stated that the government of Pakistan was focused on socio-economic development, environmental issues, poverty alleviation and prosperity of people by enhancing regional connectivity and promoting economic cooperation.
The High Commissioner also briefed on Afghanistan Peace Process. He stated that Pakistan had consistently maintained that there was not military solution to the Afghan conflict.
He added that Pakistan supported an Afghan-led and Afghan owned peace process and hoped that all the stakeholders in Afghanistan would seize this historic opportunity to reach a negotiated settlement.–PR