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A bargain, compact, or agreement. An agreement between two or more nations or states that is similar to, but less complex than, a treaty.

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promise or agreement, often used of important treaties between states.
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PACT, civil law. An agreement made by two or more persons on the same subject in order to form some engagement, or to dissolve or modify, one already made, conventio est duorum in idem placitum consensus de re solvenda, id. est facienda vel praestanda. Dig. 2, 14; Clef des Lois Rom. h.t.; Ayl. Pand. 558; Merl, Rep. Pacte, h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Although, major steps have been taken to strengthen the security and defense forces as part of the security pacts, certain observers believe that the security pacts did not have major impact on the security situation of the country as expected before the signing of the agreements.
The pact could also help Korea boost its trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as four of its members have joined the deal.
They hardly understand the true implications of the pact for Afghanistan.
Nury verbally condemned the Tripartite Attack...though planes flew from the Habbaniya Base of the Baghdad Pact.
The existence of the four secret pacts had already been exposed through declassified U.S.
Asked why he previously denied the existence of the pacts, Yoshino said it was because of ''the Foreign Ministry's ironclad rule that diplomats should not speak of the contents of diplomatic negotiations.''
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The European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, Michel Barnier, said that if 55,000 new jobs does not seem like much, it should be remembered that more jobs have been created in areas where there are Territorial Employment Pacts, than where there are none.
A Foreign Ministry panel concluded Tuesday that secret pacts on nuclear arms and other issues were reached by Japan and the United States in the Cold War era, leading the Japanese government to end its decades-long official denial of their existence.
Chinese President Hu Jintao spent 12 days in the region, discussing free-trade pacts with Chile and Peru and promising up to US$100 billion in investments in Brazil and Argentina by 2014.