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The 10th round of Bilateral Political Consultation between Pakistan and Norway was held in Islamabad today. Additional Secretary (Europe) Zaheer A. Janjua and Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith, Director General (Regional Affairs) of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs led their respective delegations.

The two sides took stock of the whole range of bilateral relations, including political, economic, trade, investment, education and cultural fields. The Norwegian side was briefed on the progress made by Pakistan in strengthening democracy, emerging economy, trade and investment and future prospects of growth. Norwegian companies were invited to invest and benefit from Pakistan’s investor friendly policies, particularly in clean and green energy, agriculture, fisheries, oil and gas and water and waste management sectors.

The two sides exchanged views on important global and regional issues of mutual interest. The Norwegian side was briefed on the Indian aggression and Pakistan’s measured response, as well as steps taken to de-escalate tensions, including release of the captured Indian pilot, opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, return of the High Commissioner to New Delhi and restoration of hotline between Military Operations Directorate.

The Pakistan side urged the international community to take cognizance of the situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the atrocities perpetrated by the Indian security forces against the Kashmiris

The Norwegian side was also briefed on Pakistan’s efforts aimed at bringing peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. It was emphasized that a politically negotiated settlement, led and owned by the Afghans, was the only viable way forward. The Norwegian side appreciated Pakistan’s constructive role in the Afghan peace process.

The Norwegian side briefed on the situation in the Nordic region and relations with its neighbours, and appreciated Pakistan’s overtures of peace aimed at normalizing the situation with India.

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the level of cooperation at the international fora, including at the UN, and agreed to continue supporting each other.

The next round of Pakistan-Norway Bilateral Political Consultations would be held in Oslo at mutually agreed dates.

4 April 2019

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