ISLAMABAD, AUG 8 /DNA/ – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that on behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan, I congratulate ASEAN members on the 56th ASEAN Day.
ASEAN was born on 8 August 1967 as a unique platform for regional cooperation in Southeast Asia. Premised on the core principles of cooperation, amity and non-interference, ASEAN has matured over the last 56 years as a leading organization for peace and development in the region.
The “ASEAN way” of diplomatic engagement provides a blueprint for regional peace and cooperation. ASEAN is today a central pillar of regional architecture.
Pakistan shares ASEAN’s vision of amity and cooperation with countries in Asia-Pacific. We believe that an integrated Asia promises a prosperous future for all. Pakistan has, therefore, endeavoured to develop partnerships all across Asia particularly with ASEAN countries.
Pakistan’s relations with ASEAN countries have continued to grow both bilaterally and in the multilateral context, with great potential for enhanced cooperation in the areas of trade, tourism, agriculture, information technology, and maritime cooperation.
Pakistan desires a strong and successful Southeast Asia, which is critical for the stability and development of our entire continent. The more connected and united we are, the more able we would be in overcoming our collective challenges and prospering together as a region.