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  HE GCCSG: The Relations Between the GCC and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Are Witnessing Growth and Development in Joint Cooperation at Various Levels, and We Look Forward to Reaching a Final Agreement To Sign the FTA

General Secretariat - New York
His Excellency Mr Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), stated that the relations between the Cooperation Council and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are witnessing growth and development in joint cooperation at various levels, adding that the GCC countries look forward to reaching a final consensus to sign the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two sides.

This came during HE the Secretary General’s meeting with His Excellency Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, on Saturday (September 23, 2023) on the sidelines of His Excellency’s participation in the meetings of 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York in the United States.

Furthermore, HE the Secretary General said that the GCC countries and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are linked by strong historical relations that contributed to strengthening joint cooperation between the two sides. His Excellency also indicated that several topics were discussed during the meeting, most notably the developments related to free trade negotiations, and the importance of advancing this matter to serve common economic and commercial interests, in addition to the Joint Action Plan approved between the two sides for the period 2022-2026, while views were exchanged on a number of regional and international issues.