Asif at­tends 52nd Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

De­fense Min­is­ter Khawaja Muham­mad Asif rep­re­sented Pak­istan at the 52nd Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence, held in the beau­ti­ful South East­ern city of Ger­many. There were more than 500 del­e­gates from around the world in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing more than 30 heads of state and govern­ment and 70 For­eign and De­fence Min­is­ters. This was the se­cond con­sec­u­tive year that De­fense Min­is­ter led Pak­istan del­e­ga­tion to this im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional event, says a press re­lease re­ceived here to­day from Ber­lin.

The De­fense Min­is­ter, ac­com­pa­nied by Am­bas­sador Jauhar Saleem, Min­is­ter (Pol) Mrs. Rukhsana Afzaal and De­fence At­tache Bri­gadier Ad­nan Shad, at­tended im­por­tant ses­sions on ' cur­rent is­sues', refugees' and ter­ror­ism, the main themes of this year's con­fer­ence. He also held im­por­tant bi­lat­eral meet­ings on the mar­gins of the con­fer­ence, in­clud­ing with the Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Dr. Javad Zarif, Chair­per­son of For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee of Chi­nese Na­tional Peo­ples' Congress, Madam Fu Ying, Bri­tish Sec­re­tary of De­fense, Mr. Michael Fal­lon, Be­laru­sian For­eign Min­is­ter, Mr. Vladimir Makei and Ital­ian De­fense Min­is­ter Ms. Roberta Pinotti.

The dis­cus­sion dur­ing th­ese meet­ings cen­tered on cur­rent global se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, Pak­istan's role in sta­bi­liz­ing the re­gion, and coun­tert­er­ror­ism, be­sides bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with the re­spec­tive coun­tries and prospects for fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion.

Khawaja Asif's meet­ing with the Ger­man coun­ter­part, Ms. Ur­sula Von Der Leyen pro­vided a use­ful op­por­tu­nity for re­view­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion. The two min­is­ters also ex­changed views on the on­go­ing war in Syria and refugees' cri­sis cur­rently fac­ing Europe. They agreed that the refugees' cri­sis needed a Euro­pean so­lu­tion. They also felt that the world needed to fo­cus on the hu­man­i­tar­ian aspects of the crises.

Meet­ings with the other vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries were also very pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive with shared pre­scrip­tions on many is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est. The De­fense min­is­ter also en­gaged with prom­i­nent Ger­man and in­ter­na­tional me­dia. A busi­ness round ta­ble was also or­ga­nized dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

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