Enhancing regional cooperation vital for regional peace and development: NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf

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Istanbul, July 21, 2022: The Speakers and Parliamentarians of Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Türkiye gathered in Istanbul on July 21, 2022 for the Second Round of the Trilateral Speakers’ Meeting of the three brotherly countries. The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop warmly welcomed the Speakers of Azerbaijan and Pakistan and thanked them for their
participation.

While addressing the Forum, the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said that finding common grounds for ensuring regional security was one of the key agendas of this trilateral meeting. He called for deliberating and formulating a joint vision for the governments in ensuring regional peace and security. While Talking about the situation in Afghanistan, NA Speaker said that Pakistan was committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan, which was pivotal for regional security. He also added that close cooperation and continued support between the three countries could go a long way in pursuing a long-term policy of “live and let live” aimed at utilizing all means to ensure regional peace and tranquillity. The Speaker also referred to the adverse effects of Russia-Ukraine war on regional and global peace and said that the role of NATO in the overall Russia-Ukraine conflict demonstrated the development of new security architecture in Europe and its surrounding regions, with far-reaching consequences for the entire international community.

While addressing the conference, the Speaker Türkiye of the Grand National Assembly said that the three countries had great potential and therefore, their parliaments were destined to explore the possible
avenues for expanding cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. He added that the platform of the Trilateral Speakers’ Meeting could prove instrumental in paving the way for further cementing the existing cordial ties between the three

The meeting adopted the Istanbul Declaration as the outcome document which emphasized the importance of extensive cooperation between the three countries for enhancing regional stability, security and prosperity.The Istanbul Declaration also reiterated the principled position of the three countries on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and resolved their support for a just and peaceful resolution in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolution and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. It was also agreed that the third round of the Trilateral Speakers’ Forum will be hosted by Pakistan in 2023.