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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Remarks 29th ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting Phnom Penh, 5 August 2022

The Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) was laudable for providing much needed relief to developing countries in distress. More can, and should, be done for reinforcing the recovery efforts, especially in the global South.
We have full faith in an ASEAN-led ARF, a vital platform, for promoting open dialogue on political and security cooperation in the region. It has immense potential for both conflict management and resolution, and inclusive security cooperation. We hope this potential would be utilized optimally.
H. E. Mr. Prak Sokhonn,
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Cambodia,
Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen!
In our view, constructive engagement and practical cooperation between the Afghan Interim authorities and the international community will serve to improve mutual understanding and promote common goals.
We are of the firm view that our region should not become an arena for strategic competition. We continue to emphasize the need for win-win solutions.
At this defining moment, it is indispensable to avoid unilateral, provocative or precipitate actions and to proceed with the utmost caution and prudence.
At this defining moment, it is indispensable to avoid unilateral, provocative or precipitate actions and to proceed with the utmost caution and prudence.
At this defining moment, it is indispensable to avoid unilateral, provocative or precipitate actions and to proceed with the utmost caution and prudence.
At this defining moment, it is indispensable to avoid unilateral, provocative or precipitate actions and to proceed with the utmost caution and prudence.
At this defining moment, it is indispensable to avoid unilateral, provocative or precipitate actions and to proceed with the utmost caution and prudence.
Confrontation will not serve anyone’s interest. It will only result in disruption, destabilization and potential conflict. The consequences of such an eventuality would be grave – not just for the protagonists, but for everyone.
Congratulations to the ARF family for coming together at this important juncture in our collective efforts to promote dialogue and cooperation for peace and stability in the Asia Pacific.
We strongly condemn and reject illegal and unilateral measures to perpetuate unlawful occupation and to effect demographic changes in occupied territories, in gross violation of UN Security Council resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention.
Pakistan stands ready to work with ARF partners to strengthen this Forum and to develop its linkages with other international platforms for confidence building and conflict prevention.
Covid-19 exacerbated the economic woes of nations from North to South. Supply and value chains were disrupted, unemployment mounted, growth rates plummeted, and debt burden accumulated.
Excellencies,
Urgent measures are required to contain and reverse these adverse trends. The world community must join hands to find collective solutions, particularly those that work for the most gravely impacted nations. They have limited financial capacity and require greater international support, solidarity and cooperation.

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