Islamabad, 13 March 2020 (GNP): The 16th round of Pakistan-Sweden Bilateral Political Consultations was held in Islamabad. Dr Aman Rashid, Special Secretary (Europe) and Ms. Cecilia Ruthstrom-Ruin, Head of Department for Asia and the Pacific from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs,led their respective delegations.
The two sides took stock of the entire range of bilateral relations, including political, economic, trade, investment and education. The Special Secretary briefed the Swedish side on progress made by Pakistan in stabilizing the economy and Ease of Doing Business. He apprised the Swedish side of the investment friendly policies of the government and highlighted opportunities in the information technology, enhancing water & waste management, tourism and hospitality sectors and hoped that Swedish companies would take advantage by investing in these sectors.
The two sides exchanged views on important regional and international issues of mutual interest. The Swedish side was briefedon India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 in IOJ&K and its continued violations of human rights.The Pakistan side emphasized that the international community should take cognizance of the ongoing grave human rights violations against the innocent Kashmiri people and take appropriate measures to redress the situation.
The Swedish side was also briefed on Pakistan’s steadfast support for 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 Swedish side appreciated Pakistan’s positive contribution to the Afghan peace process.
The Swedish side briefed on its relations with the EU and theNordic region. 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-Sweden Bilateral Political Consultations would be held in Stockholmon mutually agreed dates. (GNP)