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At the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Singapore, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited Singapore on 8-9 December 2022. Today, the Foreign Minister called on H.E. President Halimah Yacob and held a breakfast meeting with Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan.

During his meetings with President Yacob and Foreign Minister Balakrishnan, Foreign Minister emphasized the importance accorded by Pakistan to its relations with Singapore, which is a key partner in ASEAN.

In the meeting with President, the two sides welcomed the steady progress in multi-dimensional bilateral relations based on mutual trust and understanding. They expressed strong desire and resolve to further consolidate cooperation in diverse fields.

The two Foreign Ministers noted the importance of regular interaction and dialogue, exchange of high-level visits and to promote people-to-people contacts. They agreed to unlock the potential for economic cooperation and collaborate in agriculture, digital economy and digital finance. They exchanged views on the regional situation and agreed to stay engaged to promote mutually beneficial cooperation.

The Foreign Minister also visited the Asia Pacific headquarters of Meta (Facebook), based in Singapore, where he launched the “Stars Programme” for monetization in Pakistan. This will contribute to capacity building of young entrepreneurs as a valuable tool for Pakistan’s growing number of Meta content developers.

9 December 2022

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