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Friday July 19, 2024

Pakistan, Australia enduring ties celebrated

By Jamila Achakzai
May 04, 2024
Australia’s High Commissioner in Pakistan, Neil Hawkins, addressing a lively reception in Islamabad to commemorate Australia Day in Spring on May 3, 2024. — Online
Australia’s High Commissioner in Pakistan, Neil Hawkins, addressing a lively reception in Islamabad to commemorate Australia Day in Spring on May 3, 2024. — Online

Islamabad: Australia’s High Commissioner in Pakistan, Neil Hawkins, hosted a lively reception in Islamabad to commemorate Australia Day in Spring, highlighting the deep-rooted relationship between the two nations. In his address, High Commissioner Hawkins underscored the historic ties of over 160 years, emphasizing the shared ambition to leverage the dynamism between Australia and Pakistan. "Australia and Pakistan are both relatively young nations but old civilizations. We share a federal system of governance, along with rich cultural diversity, delicate ecosystems, and unique biodiversity," Mr. Hawkins remarked.

Stressing Australia's commitment to a democratic, inclusive, prosperous, and stable Pakistan, consistent with its Constitution, the High Commissioner highlighted the importance of gender equality. "We’re particularly excited to be working with our Pakistani colleagues to support their efforts to empower women and girls and unleash their full potential,” he affirmed.

Mr. Hawkins elaborated on the longstanding cooperation between Australia and Pakistan, celebrating 40 years of collaboration between the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and Pakistan. "Drawing on Australia's own experiences, we have been helping develop the agricultural sector and implement sustainable water management practices, crucial for both nations given the impacts of climate change. We also celebrate 40 years of cooperation between our police agencies.”

Looking ahead, Mr. Hawkins expressed confidence in the more than 100,000 Australian-Pakistanis and numerous Pakistani Australian alumni to bring the two countries closer together.