We believe in policy of non-interference and peaceful coexistence with our neighbours: Secretary Defence
Islamabad, June 03, 2014 (PPI-OT): 13th Asia Security Summit 2014 is being held in Singapore by THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES and termed as the ‘Shangrila Dialogue’. Pakistan is being represented by Lt Gen ® Asif Yasin Malik, Secretary Defence along with delegates from some 27 countries vitally concerned with region’s security and emerging challenges.
On the first day of the summit bilateral meetings were held between delegates of the countries on all important regional challenges and issues. The first plenary session discussed UNITED NATIONS CONTRIBUTION TO REGIONAL STABILITY ADVANCING MILITARY TO MILITARY COOPERATION followed by and MANAGING STRATEGIC TENSIONS. The summit also discussed CHALLENGES OF MAINTAINING AND MANAGING OPEN SEAS AND IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN ASIA PACIFIC.
Secretary Defence said, “Pakistan has good and cordial relations with important partners in the region. We believe in the policy of non-interference and peaceful coexistence with all our neighbours. Pakistan also supports this stance for regional players. Since long Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terror and till date we have laid down an immese price in terms of men and money. From our first-hand experience we believe and promote regional peace and harmony and this remains our principled stand”.
Pakistan however has its concerns in the region to reach the goal of peace and they were shared with the regional and international community and appraised about. All countries participating in the summit acknowledged the role of Pakistan in the region and also the significance of Pakistan as an international player post 2014.
They added that Pakistan has the most diverse terrain which can be and must be developed to see Pakistan utilize its full potential. The summit proved fruitful in developing and furthering the understanding between the region’s important players.
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