Pakistan remains committed to an active role for strengthening of ECO: Khaqan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday reiterated Pakistan’s continued commitment for an active role of regional integration and strengthening of multi-faceted cooperation through the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) platform.


Talking to the Secretary General ECO Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akca at the PM House in Islamabad, the prime minister said Pakistan extended full support to the organization in promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation among the ECO member countries.

The prime minister mentioned the huge potential between the ECO member states for trade enhancement, regional connectivity, tourism promotion and cementing people to people contacts. He said ECO could play a critical role towards advancing these goals and bringing the people further closer to each other.

The Secretary General said ECO Secretariat was actively working to put in place a framework for promoting trade, enhancing regional connectivity through greater rail and road links and tourism promotion besides focusing on other areas of mutual benefit.

Halil Ibrahim Akca said ECO was also actively involved in promoting cooperation among the member states to enable them cope with the existing challenges.

While acknowledging Pakistan’s active role in advancing ECO goals, the Secretary General appreciated Pakistan’s contributions towards making it a vibrant body for strengthening multi-faceted cooperation between the member countries.

The ambassador expressed the hope that the two-day third ECP attorneys and prosecutors general conference being held in Islamabad would be instrumental in putting in place an effective mechanism of cooperation among the member countries to combat serious crimes including drug trafficking, human smuggling, cybercrimes and other serious offenses.

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