ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ‘Vision East Asia’ policy is not driven by economic impulses only, but by its commitment to play a constructive and meaningful role in South and Southeast Asia,says Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday.
The Foreign Minister expressed these views in a lecture on ‘Pakistan in the Next Decade, Prospects and Challenges’ at S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.Pakistan looked forward to deepening ties with Asean through a full dialogue partnership, and signing of a Free Trade Agreement with Asean in the near future,Qureshi said.
Though the global financial crisis has had adverse impact on many economies, the current moment of global recovery was centred in Asia,he said.Qureshi laid stress that Pakistan wishes to become a partner with Southeast Asia in realising the vision and dreams of the Asian Century.
Asean as a dynamic regional forum had transformed Southeast Asia to a fast growing region and its leadership has displayed a credible political determination and will to build strong and vibrant economies,He said.
The contours of Pakistan’s ‘Vision East Asia’ Policy of 1990s have taken concrete shape over the years,He said.“We have forged bilateral and multilateral ties with Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region,”