FM Qureshi represents Pakistan in 17th virtual ACD Ministerial Meeting

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi represented Pakistan in the 17th Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Ministerial Meeting held in a virtual format on January 21, 2021.

In his address, the foreign minister said that the 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, Qureshi 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 said 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.

While assuring Pakistan’s full support to the ACD’s agenda on Tourism and Culture being the Co-prime Mover, he said 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, he emphasized the need to implement the ACD Blueprint 2021-2030 and the Road Map for ACD Regional Connectivity.

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

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan also welcomed the establishment of the ACD Permanent Secretariat in Kuwait.

The ACD is a continent-wide forum that provides a platform for Asian Countries to regularly exchange views on areas of mutual interest and foster an Asian community. Pakistan is one of the founding members of the ACD and assigns a high priority to this forum.