Sixty Years of Pak­istan- Ar­gentina Bi­lat­eral Re­la­tions

The Diplomatic Insight - - Pakistan Argentina Relations - *Naela Cho­han 1

I would like to con­vey my hearti­est fe­lic­i­ta­tions to all the peo­ples of Pak­istan and Ar­gentina on the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion of the six­ti­eth an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and Ar­gentina in 1951. It is in­deed a great priv­i­lege and hon­our for me to rep­re­sent Pak­istan in Ar­gentina at this pro­pi­tious mo­ment. We have com­pleted our sixty years of very cor­dial diplo­matic re­la­tions in Oc­to­ber 2011. The two coun­tries have en­joyed friendly and close re­la­tion­ship char­ac­ter­ized by co­op­er­a­tion at in­ter­na­tional fora, shared per­cep­tions and un­der­stand­ing on ma­jor global and re­gional is­sues. Ar­gentina has been a friend in need and was one of the coun­tries that sup­ported Pak­istan at the United Na­tions dur­ing the 1971 cri­sis. It has been join­ing con­sen­sus on Pak­istan's res­o­lu­tion on peo­ple's right to self de­ter­mi­na­tion tabled an­nu­ally in the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly and sup­ported the res­o­lu­tion of Kash­mir in ac­cor­dance with UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions. Pak­istan has voted in favour of the UN Res­o­lu­tion which stip­u­lated that “main­te­nance of colo­nial sit­u­a­tion was in­com­pat­i­ble with the United Na­tions ideal of univer­sal peace”. Pak­istan favours a peace­ful set­tle­ment of the­malv­inas dis­pute through ne­go­ti­a­tions. Both coun­tries have iden­tity of views on the is­sue of UN re­forms and ex­pan­sion of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. They are ac­tive mem­bers of the Cof­fee Club and their del­e­gates at New York work in close co­or­di­na­tion to lobby for the United for Con­sen­sus (UFC) ap­proach on the ques­tion of re­form of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. Ar­gentina, like Pak­istan, has tra­di­tion­ally been a strong sup­porter of UN peace­keep­ing ef­forts and has been a reg­u­lar troop con­trib­u­tor coun­try in UN Peace­keep­ing Mis­sions. Like Pak­istan, Ar­gentina sup­ports nu­clear non-po­lif­er­a­tion Be­sides the UN, Ar­gentina is a mem­ber of the­o­r­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States (OAS), the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WTO), the World Bank, Ibero-amer­i­can Sum­mit, MER­CO­SUR trade Block and many other in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions. As a mem­ber of the Board of Gov­er­nors of the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency, Ar­gentina has been a strong voice in sup­port of nu­clear non-pro­lif­er­a­tion is­sues. The two coun­tries are to­gether in G-77 and China, NAM and G-20 of WTO. In the con­text of our close co­op­er­a­tion at the UN and other in­ter­na­tional fora both coun­tries have tra­di­tion­ally sup­ported each oth­ers' can­di­da­tures to var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. It is a mat­ter of great sat­is­fac­tion that the first ever head of state level visit was from Pak­istan in 2004 which gave a new im­pe­tus to the ex­ist­ing cor­dial re­la­tions. It helped bring closer the pri­vate sec­tors of the two coun­tries. An agree­ment for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­tries of the two coun­tries was signed, aimed at pro­vid­ing in­sti­tu­tional ba­sis for the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties to in­ter­act with each other and ex­plore av­enues of co­op­er­a­tion in di­verse fields. Pak­istan has tra­di­tion­ally ex­ported tex­tile prod­ucts, sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments, sports goods and leather prod­ucts to Ar­gentina while soy­bean oil/ seed has been ma­jor ex­ports by Ar­gentina to Pak­istan. Be­sides, Ar­gentina's ex­ports to Pak­istan in­clude com­pressed nat­u­ral gas equip­ment, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and raw cot­ton. The two friendly coun­tries are con­tin­u­ing to ex­plore other ar­eas of mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion. Ef­forts are be­ing made to di­ver­sify our ex­ports out­side the realm of tex­tiles and sports goods. Pak­istan´s Bas­mati rice is be­ing in­tro­duced into Ar­gen­tine mar­ket to achieve this ob­jec­tive. On the other hand, the Ar­gen­tine ex­ports, such as CNG kits and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts are en­ter­ing Pak­istan Mar­ket. Pur­suant to sign­ing of agree­ment on co­op­er­a­tion in the field of eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions in 2002, a Joint Trade Com­mis­sion (JTC) was es­tab­lished. It was a very im­por­tant step to­wards boost­ing eco­nomic and trade re­la­tion­ships be­tween the two coun­tries. It pro­vided an im­por­tant plat­form for fur­ther strength­en­ing trade re­la­tions. Pri­vate com­pa­nies of the two coun­tries have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­na­tional trade fairs held in each oth­ers' var­i­ous cities. Dur­ing the first ses­sion of JTC held in Islamabad in Septem­ber 2005, both sides expressed their de­sire to in­crease bi­lat­eral eco­nomic and com­mer­cial co­op­er­a­tion to

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