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(2017-04-11) The fourth round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Hungary was held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Zaheer A. Janjua, Additional Secretary (Europe), led the Pakistan side while the Hungarian delegation was headed by Mr. Szilveszter Bus, Deputy State Secretary for the Southern Opening of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The two sides, while undertaking a comprehensive review of bilateral ties, agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic and trade fields. The two sides also had a detailed exchange of views on regional and international issues of importance and agreed to continue collaborating at the United Nations and other multilateral fora.

The Deputy State Secretary called on Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs. The SAPM, while expressing satisfaction on the overall trajectory of bilateral relations, stressed the need for further strengthening of bilateral economic and trade relations, which are not commensurate with the actual potential of the economies of the two countries. The SAPM also briefed the Hungarian delegation on the Pakistan’s peaceful neighborhood policy, including peace initiatives towards India and the role played by Pakistan in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.

The Deputy State Secretary also signed the ‘Agreement on Economic Cooperation’ between Pakistan and Hungary at the Economic Affairs Division. The agreement will help in formalizing and further strengthening of economic and trade relations between the two countries.

Pakistan and Hungary cooperate closely on bilateral and multilateral issues. The Annual Bilateral Political Consultations provide a useful platform to review progress throughout the entire spectrum of relations and identify opportunities for future areas of cooperation.

11 April 2017

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