On 14 November, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) welcomed a delegation comprised of members representing the Pakistani Foreign Ministry and National Defence University (NDU) Pakistan.
The visit aided in the signing of a Statement of Intent (SoI) between the GCSP and the National Defence University, paving the way toward greater cooperation between the two institutions.¨
During his address, H.E. Mr Khawaja Muhammad Asif highlighted the “highly educated, globally-oriented research and academic community” of his own country but also stated that the multifaceted activities undertaken by the GCSP proved impressive.
“The GCSP provides an incubator for ideas and intellectual discourse on key international issues,” said His Excellency Asif, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, who oversaw the signature ceremony between H.E. Mr Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations for NDU and Ambassador Christian Dussey, the Director of the GCSP. His Excellency Asif further stated that “GCSP’s growth contributes to developing a better understanding of contemporary global issues and emerging challenges that affect an increasingly interdependent world.”
Ambassador Dussey explained the importance of the relationship between the GCSP and Pakistan, which joined the Foundation Council of the Centre in 2016. Since its inclusion, the Centre has already had the privilege to welcome Pakistani participants from the government, the civil society, and the armed forces in its various courses and activities.
Ambassador Dussey and Ambassador Amil, on behalf of their respective institutions, expressed their wish to maintain and foster their bilateral relationship.