ISLAMABAD (Agencies) - The high officials of the 'Friends of Democratic Pakistan Group' in their meeting held in Abu Dhabi on Monday discussed and adopted a work plan for cooperation in broad areas including development, security, energy and institution building. The high officials of the group, which was established in New York on September 26, 2008, met in Abu Dhabi to discuss parameters of the work of the group. The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry of Pakistan and Dr Tariq Ahmad Al-Haeedan of UAE. It was attended by senior officials of Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, European Union and European Commission and a representative of the United Nations. According to a statement by the high officials of the group, which was also issued by the Foreign Office here, the high officials expressed their thanks to the government of UAE for hosting the meeting. The high officials recognised that the Friends initiative has signified that the friends of Pakistan stand shoulder to shoulder with it in its journey to build a strong, progressive and prosperous Pakistan. The high officials noted that Pakistan faces formidable challenges and well coordinated international cooperation with Pakistan is needed to address those challenges. They affirmed the need for the members of the group to build strategic partnerships with the government of Pakistan to promote economic development and financial stability, address energy needs, build institutions and bring peace and stability in the region. The high officials discussed and adopted a work plan of the group. The salient features of which are as follows: a. Cooperation is envisaged in four broad areas: Development, Security, Energy and Institution building. b. Expert level meetings will be held in Islamabad on each of the above mentioned areas of cooperation. All members of the group will be invited to attend these meetings to be held on January 13-16, 2009. c. At each experts level meeting, the concerned Pakistani authorities will make presentations on the issues involved indicating also the requirements in terms of financial resources, expertise, and/or technology. After discussions, specific recommendations will be prepared. d. Focal points will be identified to ensure better coordination. e. Suggestions were made about a possible Trust Fund, the details of which need to be discussed further. The high officials were given briefings on the following areas by the concerned Pakistani high officials: a.    State of Pakistan's economy and negotiations on IMF package b.    Projects on development cluster c.    Projects on security cluster The high officials further noted that efforts in public diplomacy need to be made to reach out to the business community and media to positively project the Friends initiative. The high officials discussed the organisational matters and agreed that the group will take decisions by consensus. The high officials noted the need to ensure coordination for the group modalities for the setting up of this coordination/support office to be worked out through consultations with the United Nations. The high officials recommended that the Ministerial Meeting of the Group may be held in Islamabad in February 2009 on dates to be identified in due course. Pakistan's Press Counsellor in Abu Dhabi Dr Zafar Iqbal said that Friends of Pakistan pledged to extend all possible cooperation to Pakistan aiming to end the country's economic woes and augmenting development work. Talking to the state-run TV channel, he said the FoP is a group comprising 16 nations, multilateral financial agencies and world bodies. The meeting held at a local hotel in Abu Dhabi discussed the framework for cooperation to steer Pakistan out of crisis. The meeting was headed by Under Secretary Political Ministry of Foreign Affairs UAE Tariq Ahmed Al Harden. Delegates from United Nations, European Union, Asian Development Bank, Saudi Arabia, United States, Britain, Australia, China and Turkey attended the meeting. While Pakistan was represented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Tariq Ahmed Ch, Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance Asif Bajwa and Additional Secretary Planning Division Javed Akhtar. The next ministerial-level meeting would be held next month. However, the exact date and venue have not been decided yet, he added. At the end of the meeting, Pakistan's additional foreign secretary for South Asia Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told reporters that "it was a very successful meeting, we had (pledges of) unanimous support and solidarity." "People are interested in finding ways to help," he said, adding that the gathering had "put together a framework" for cooperation in the fields of development, security, energy and institution building. A Pakistani diplomat told AFP that countries represented at the gathering had not come to pledge donations. "This is not a donors' club meeting," said Javed Malik, Pakistan's ambassador at large. "This is for galvanising broader support to Pakistan." According to Khaleej Times,  Pakistan has sought funding for projects worth about $55b in sectors such as infrastructure, energy, agriculture, and services, from the members of the Friends of Pakistan Group at a meeting held in Abu Dhabi on Monday. "The projects Pakistan has offered for investment include construction of dams, electric power generation plants, roads, highways, agriculture development, dairy development, privatisation of state-owned industries and investment into social and services sectors," said a Pakistani finance ministry official who asked not to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media. The official said that the group, comprising representatives from the UAE, Australia, Canada, Britain, US, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, European Union, European Commission, UN, Japan and Germany, would present responses on Pakistan's request from their respective governments in the next meeting to be held in Islamabad in the third week of February.