ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Wednesday reiterated Pakistan’s continued commitment for an active role of regional integration and strengthening of multi-faceted cooperation through the ECO platform.

Talking to Secretary General Economic Cooperation Organization Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akca here at the Prime Minister Office, the Prime Minister said Pakistan extended full support to the organization in promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation among the ECO member countries.

The Prime Minister mentioned the huge potential between the ECO member states for trade enhancement, regional connectivity, tourism promotion and cementing people to people contacts. He said ECO could play a critical role towards advancing these goals and bringing the people further closer to each other.

The Secretary General said ECO Secretariat was actively working to put in place a framework for promoting trade, enhancing regional connectivity through greater rail and road links and tourism promotion besides focusing on other areas of mutual benefit.

He said ECO was also actively involved in promoting cooperation among the member states to enable them cope with the existing challenges.

Acknowledging Pakistan’s active role in advancing ECO goals, the Secretary General appreciated Pakistan’s contributions towards making it a vibrant body for strengthening multi-faceted cooperation between the member countries.

Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akca expressed the hope that the two-day 3rd Economic Cooperation Organization attorneys and prosecutors general conference being held in Islamabad would be instrumental in putting in place an effective mechanism of cooperation among the member countries to combat serious crimes including drug trafficking, human smuggling, cyber crimes and other serious offenses.