Friends of Democratic PakistanÃ‚Â (FoDP) is a group aimed to extend support the Democratic Government of Pakistan in its efforts to consolidate democracy inÃ‚Â PakistanÃ‚Â and support social and economic development in the country. The group was launched inÃ‚Â New YorkÃ‚Â on 26 September 2008 on the side lines of the United Nations General Assembly session. The initial meeting was Co-chaired by United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. It is modelled on theÃ‚Â Friends of Israel Initiative.
The founding members states of theÃ‚Â Friends of Democratic PakistanÃ‚Â included Britain, France, Germany, the United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Turkey, Australia and Italy plus the United Nations and the European Union. Other countries also joined and at the meeting held in Abu Dhabi in April 2009 a total of 24 member states and international organizations attended.
The first meeting of Friends of Pakistan was headed by the former President of the PakistanÃ‚Â Asif Ali Zardari, and attended by the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, France, Germany,Italy, Japan, and Turkey, and representatives of China, the European Union and the United Nations and the Foreign Ministers of United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The next meeting of Friends of Pakistan Conference was held in Abu Dhabi in which Pakistan was represented byÃ‚Â Javed Malik, Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large and Aizaz Chaudhary , a decorated Additional Foreign Secretary from