FM reiterates support for measures to re-energise ECO

NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif Wednesday reiterated Pakistan’s support for energizing the ECO, through institutional reforms and enhanced trade and connectivity.

He was chairing an Informal Meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) on the sidelines of the General Assembly session.

He also underscored Pakistan’s commitment to promoting regional cooperation.

The participating ministers exchanged views on regional and global developments and expressed support for enhanced regional cooperation in various areas, including inter alia, trade and investment, transport and communications and energy.

The member states also expressed gratitude to Pakistan for organizing a successful ECO Summit earlier this year.

The foreign minister also participated in the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on the Aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He said the ideal of global peace and security could not be achieved without addressing longstanding issues, including Palestine, Jammu and Kashmir and Nagorno-Karabakh.