Pakistan, Cambodia agree to intensify bilateral engagement

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PHNOM PENH, AUG 6: Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari meeting with Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen at his palace.=DNA PHOTO

PHNOM PENH, Aug 06 (DNA): Pakistan and Cambodia have agreed on Saturday to intensify bilateral engagement and dialogue at all levels and promote cultural and people-to-people contacts.

The understanding was reached at a meeting between Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed support for the ASEAN led processes in the Asia Pacific and extended Pakistan’s support for the Cambodian Presidency of ASEAN.

Foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari underlined the critical importance of ARF for regional security and expressed Pakistan’s continued commitment to ARF. He also expressed Pakistan’s keen desire to enhance its engagement with ASEAN.

The foreign minister congratulated his counterpart on successfully hosting the 29th ARF Ministerial Meeting and appreciated the hospitality extended to the Pakistan delegation.

The two foreign ministers also discussed regional issues of mutual interest.

The two foreign ministers appreciated the friendly ties between Pakistan and Cambodia and expressed their determination to further develop mutually beneficial cooperation.

They also agreed to enhance high-level dialogue and engagement between the two countries and to promote business-to-business ties. DNA