European Institute for Asian Studies
Peace and Security in South Asia: A Conversation with Aizaz A. Chaudhry
  • Start10:30 AM - May 31 2016
  • End12:00 PM - May 31 2016
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1000 Brussels
  • +32 2230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

Programme

10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-10:40 Word of Welcome
Mr Axel Goethals, CEO, European Institute for Asian Studies
H.E. Ms Naghmana Hashmi, Ambassador of Pakistan to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg
10:40-10:50 Introduction by the Chair
Mr Peter Claes, Coordination South Asia & Afghanistan, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Former Belgian Ambassador to Pakistan
10:50-11:15 Keynote Address
H.E. Mr Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
11:15-12:00 Q&A
12:00 Networking Lunch

Peace and Security in South Asia: A Conversation with H.E. Aizaz A. Chaudhry

Since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assumed office, Pakistan has embarked on a proactive campaign to reach out to its neighbors as part of a larger vision for a peaceful neighborhood. Today, increased high-level exchanges with its neighbors reflect this important policy shift designed to secure Pakistan internally and externally. In particular, sustained engagement with Afghanistan and dialogue with India have proven to be integral to Pakistan’s future vision of peace and stability in the region. Building on this momentum, Pakistan is pursuing a number of regional economic connectivity projects, such as the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, the China-Pakistan economic corridor, among many others. In addition, Pakistan’s resolve to counter and eradicate terrorism and extremism in all its manifestations and improving relations with its neighbours bode a promising future. Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, H.E. Mr Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, will discuss Pakistan’s role and contribution to peace and security in South Asia.

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is the current Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, and looks after international affairs, economic coordination, and disarmament affairs. He has thirty-one years of bilateral and multilateral experience with Pakistan’s Foreign Service. Ambassador Chaudhry previously served as the Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands (2009-12), and represented Pakistan in the United Nations for over six years as Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative and earlier as Counsellor (2000-06). He also represented Pakistan in various international organizations, such as Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and various embassy appointments in the United States, Qatar, and Egypt.


EIAS welcomes Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, H.E. Mr Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, to discuss Pakistan’s role and contribution to peace and security in South Asia.

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