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The Centre for Afghanistan, Middle East & Africa (CAMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut have made history by signing the first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Pakistani and Lebanese think tanks. This landmark agreement aims to foster mutual research and activities, enhancing bilateral relations and promoting collaboration between the two nations. The MoU signifies the growing importance of academic and think-tank linkages in addressing global challenges and fostering international cooperation.

 

Building Stronger Bilateral Relations:

The signing of the MoU represents a significant milestone in the strong fraternal relations between Pakistan and Lebanon. Director General ISSI Ambassador (R) Sohail Mahmood emphasized the desire of both countries to deepen their bilateral relations across various fields.

This institutional relationship between ISSI and IFI is expected to facilitate joint collaborative activities, including research and dialogue, benefiting both nations. In an uncertain global environment marked by traditional and non-traditional security threats, international cooperation is crucial, making initiatives like this MoU all the more valuable.

 

Promoting Mutual Benefits:

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Ambassador Salman Athar, emphasized the immense potential for mutual cooperation and benefits between the two sides. By fostering close collaboration, both Pakistan and Lebanon stand to achieve significant gains.

Dr. Joseph Bahout, Country Director IFI, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the need for broader cooperation in addressing complex global issues. He viewed this collaboration as a step in the right direction, underscoring the importance of regular consultations and joint activities between the two institutions.

 

The Significance of the MoU:

Director, CAMEA Amina Khan expressed her belief that this historic MoU serves as a testament to Pakistan’s commitment to its relationship with Lebanon. This agreement signifies the importance attached to strengthening cooperation between the two countries, paving the way for future collaboration and shared initiatives.

By establishing a framework for continuous engagement, the MoU sets a precedent for enhanced research, knowledge sharing, and mutual support in areas of common interest.

 

Conclusion:

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Centre for Afghanistan, Middle East & Africa (CAMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut is a historic milestone in Pakistani-Lebanese relations.

This collaboration opens doors to strengthened bilateral cooperation, encompassing research, dialogue, and joint activities for mutual benefit. As both countries face diverse global challenges, this MoU sets a positive precedent for future collaborations, underlining the significance of academic and think-tank linkages in addressing shared concerns and fostering international understanding.

 

Abu Bakr Alvi
Abu Bakr Alvi
Mr. Abu Bakr Alvi, Senior Journalist Based in Faisalabad

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