Pakistan wishes to further elevate its dialogue and cooperation with ASEAN to promote peace, stability and shared prosperity in the region.

Newly-appointed Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to ASEAN Attiya Mahmood made the statement after she presented her Letter of Credence to Secretary-General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh in Jakarta on June 10.

Minh congratulated Mahmood for assuming her duty and expressed appreciation to the Government of Pakistan for its strong desire to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN under the framework of the ASEAN-Pakistan Sectoral Dialogue Relations.

He encouraged the ambassador to explore more practical cooperative activities that could be undertaken between the two sides in areas of mutual interest.

Mahmood highlighted the great importance that Pakistan attaches to its relationship with ASEAN and reiterated Pakistan ’s commitment to supporting ASEAN’s community building by 2015 and beyond.

On the occasion, the ASEAN Secretary-General and the Pakistani Ambassador further exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concerns.

Mahmood is the second Ambassador of Pakistan to ASEAN since the ASEAN Charter entered into force in December 2008.-VNA