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The 17th Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Ministerial Meeting was held in a virtual format on 21 January 2021. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi represented Pakistan in the Meeting. In his address, the Foreign Minister stated that ACD is a leading platform that has transformed into a robust institutional mechanism for dialogue and discussions among the member states on issues of mutual interest.

Highlighting the devastating repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic on sustainable development and developing countries, Pakistan stressed the need to coordinate actions, benefit from each other’s experiences, and pool resources for responding to the pandemic and financing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Foreign Minister stated that Pakistan is open to share its experience and internationally acknowledged approach in effectively combating the pandemic, and emphasized the need for the COVID-19 vaccine to become easily and equitably accessible to all.

Assuring full support to the ACD’s agenda on Tourism and Culture, being the Co-prime Mover, Pakistan stated that the theme “the New Normal and Safe and Healthy Tourism” will help in fostering networking, improving connectivity, and promoting tourism in the ACD Member States.

Highlighting the importance of connectivity and announcing an early convening of the inaugural meeting of the Executive Committee of the Joint Working Group on Connectivity, Pakistan emphasized the need to implement the ACD Blueprint 2021-2030 and the Road Map for ACD Regional Connectivity.

Pakistan reiterated its firm belief in ACD’s founding values and its commitment to ACD’s Vision 2030 and the Ankara Declaration.

Pakistan also welcomed the establishment of ACD Permanent Secretariat in Kuwait. ACD is a continent-wide forum, which provides a platform to Asian countries to regularly exchange views on areas of mutual interest and foster an Asian community. Pakistan is one of the founding members of ACD and assigns high priority to this forum.

Islamabad

21 January 2021

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