ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): Pakistan and Romania on Thursday stressed the need for exploring new avenues of cooperation, especially in the fields of agriculture, textiles and energy.

A wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues were
discussed during the 8th round of bilateral political
consultations, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two sides expressed satisfaction over the trajectory
of bilateral relations in different areas including economy, defence, parliamentary exchanges, education and culture and stressed the need for expolring new avenues in agriculture, textiles and energy sectors.

The Pakistan side was led by Additional Secretary (Europe)
Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui while the Romanian delegation was headed by Mrs. Daniela Grigore Gitman, State Secretary for Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

The Additional Secretary briefed the Romanian delegation on
recent developments in Pakistan including achievements of the government to improve law and order, efforts for improving economy and overcoming the energy shortages.

He also briefed the Romanian delegation on Pakistan’s
contribution in the war against terrorism and the successes achieved during the military operation Zarb e Azb, as well as the comprehensive policy (National Action Plan) to root out the menace of terrorism and extremism from Pakistani soil.

The Additional Secretary also gave an overview of the
government’s policy of peaceful neighborhood, particularly its endeavours to normalize relations with India and to facilitate an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process in Afghanistan.

The Romanian State Secretary said that “Pakistan is a
very important country and partner of Romania and we are keen to further strengthen bilateral ties with Pakistan.”

She also appreciated Pakistan’s successes in the fight
against terrorism and the policy of peaceful neighborhood, especially its role in facilitating peace process in Afghanistan.