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

We fear that the damage to crops would exacerbate food insecurity and inflation that have already reached alarming levels because of the current global trends.
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 will remain a strong partner in all endeavors for peace, stability and development of our region and beyond.
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.
Pakistan believes that a recommitment to the fundamental principles of the UN Charter and to effective multilateralism is imperative. Equally imperative is the need to have a coherent vision of a world order based on peaceful coexistence, pacific settlement of disputes, win-win cooperation, and shared prosperity.
Excellencies,
Excellencies,
Excellencies,
Excellencies,
Excellencies,
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.
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.
Going forward, it would be important to develop mechanisms and processes for a more coordinated response to future health crises, undertake efforts to ensure vaccine equity, and fight future pandemics in a more humane manner.
Our aspiration for a Full Dialogue Partnership is a sign of our continued commitment to relations with ASEAN.
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.
A peaceful, stable, prosperous and connected Afghanistan is critical for our region.
Great power rivalries have accentuated; bloc politics seems to be returning; new groupings and small configurations are emerging – with potential military dimensions in certain instances.

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