By Naveed Meraj and Shahid Qureshi
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Belgium celebrated the historic landmark of the 75th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations this year. The Joint Communique, issued on November 26, 1947, encapsulates the decision of the two governments to accept respective diplomatic missions “to strengthen the bonds of friendship and mutual interest.”
Following the historic decision, the two countries opened diplomatic missions in 1948. It is a proud moment, as the goals outlined 75 years ago paved the way for a strong bond of friendship. According to a bilateral declaration issued on the occasion, the upward trajectory of bilateral relations is deeply embedded in people-to-people linkages and frequent high-level contacts at the leadership level. The institution of Bilateral Political Consultation provides a strong foundation for a multifaceted dialogue that holds the potential to deepen this longstanding bilateral relationship. The robust trade between the countries has witnessed continuous growth to mutual benefit.
🇧🇪🤝🇵🇰 Celebrating 75 yrs of friendship and cooperation between Belgium and Pakistan! We are both proud and happy to release this joint statement underscoring our shared commitment to sustainable development, human rights, and strengthening bilateral ties. #BelPak #75YearsStrong pic.twitter.com/FMqu4HLbY4
— Belgium in Islamabad (@BelgiumISB) November 16, 2023
The depth of bilateral relations encompasses the spirit of solidarity and support demonstrated during times of need, such as disaster management to mitigate natural calamities. The relationship between Belgium and Pakistan is forward-looking, as both countries are committed to working together on multilateral fora to address common challenges, such as sustainable development and climate change, as well as fundamental values, such as democracy and human rights, providing strength to these relations.
As the two nations celebrated 75 years of diplomatic relations, they reiterated their commitment to work together towards shaping a better world for future generations.