Pak, Belgium moving towards stronger ties

Zubair Qureshi

Pakistan and Belgium enjoy friendly and cooperative relations based upon common interests and shared values of democracy, pluralism and trust. The bilateral diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Belgium were established soon after Pakistan’s independence in 1948. Belgium considers Pakistan an important country in the region and values its efforts for peace and stability.

These remarks were made by Charles Joseph M Delogne, Ambassador of Belgium during a seminar titled “Pak-Belgium Relations: Past, Present and Future” which was jointly organized by Policy Institute for Peace and Development (PIPD) and Bahria University, Islamabad.

The ambassador further said that both countries had strong trade and economic relations in the areas of Textile, Pharmaceutical products, machinery, medical equipment, iron, steel and chemicals. Addressing the students, he highlighted the two types of academic scholarships; ARES and VLIR-UOS that can be acquired by HEC and the Ministry of Education directly with the counterparts in Brussels. Wadana Khattak, President Policy Institute of Peace & Development stressed upon the crucial role of cultural diplomacy .