ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and France have exhibited 'strong desire' and will to continue engagements and endeavours to cooperate and assist each other in the entire realm of security, where possible, as mandated by their respective governments.

According to an official communiqué issued jointly by Pakistan and France after the second round of the Joint Security Commission held here between the defence secretaries and respective delegates of the two countries, potential threats in the region were identified along with requirement for joint efforts to timely address them.

Defence Secretary Lieutenant-General (r) Asif Yasin Malik represented Pakistan, while Francis Delon, the French secretary general for defence and national security, represented French side at the security dialogue.

The Joint Security Commission is in line with the implementation of the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, signed between Pakistan and France on May 5, 2011. The commission offers a framework for discussions on the matters of security, particularly relating to fight against terrorism and prospects for security cooperation, including intelligence sharing. 

The joint statement said the leaders and both delegations candidly engaged on a variety of security-related subjects through formal presentations and discussions.

The meeting focused on review of progress, assessment of Afghanistan situation, existing policy and implementation framework to counter terrorism and insurgency since the last meeting held in Paris on March 26-27 this year.  Contributions made by the two states for stability in Afghanistan and the region also came under discussion.

It was decided to schedule the next meeting of the security commission during the first half of 2013 in Paris.

Philippe Thiebaud, French Ambassador to Pakistan, also attended the meeting besides foreign affairs, interior, law, intelligence and joint staff headquarters officials from the either side.