"Our region is mired in dire security challenges which are hampering our socio-economic development," Aziz said.

Talking about the situation in Afghanistan that has become instable due to the recent violence by the Taliban, Aziz said that Pakistan wants durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He also said that political consultations involving Afghanistan and its neighbours and regional countries with a view to promoting mutual trust in the areas of security and economic interaction are creating a positive space.

He also spoke about terrorism in the region, saying that terrorism continues to be a major threat to global and regional peace.

"During last few years, Pakistan has suffered huge human and economic losses due to this menace. Our resolute struggle against terrorism is now bringing the fruit of peace and prosperity to our people. In our view, closer regional cooperation can play an effective role in eliminating the scourge of terrorism," Aziz said.

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