Islamabad, December 12, 2017 (PPI-OT):Foreign Secretary, today, received delegations of the French National Assembly and Senate led by Mr. Jean-Bernard Sempastous and Mr. Pascal Allizard. Foreign Secretary said that Pakistan considered France an important political, economic and security partner, bilaterally as well as within the context of the European Union. She briefed the parliamentarians on the improved security situation in the country and particularly conducive environment for trade and investment. She added that the Friendship Groups play a key role in bringing the two countries closer.
Foreign Secretary welcomed interest of French companies in investing in Pakistan. She briefed the delegation on the regional security situation and Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terrorism. She also briefed the parliamentarians on relations with India and Afghanistan and the government’s policy of a peaceful neighbourhood. She impressed upon the parliamentarians to play an active role in the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and upholding the principle of human rights.
The Parliamentarians welcomed this opportunity to visit Pakistan which was an important country. They acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. They also vowed to maintain regular contacts with their Pakistani counterparts.
The simultaneous visits of the Friendship Groups of the French Parliament are testimony to the fact that Pakistan and France enjoy deep and close relations. The Friendship Groups play a key role in developing mutual understanding and creating political goodwill between the two countries.
Mr. Jean-Bernard Sempastous is the President of France-Pakistan Friendship Group of the National Assembly of the French Republic. Senator Pascal Allizard is President of the France-Pakistan Friendship Group in the French Senate. During the visit, the French parliamentarian would interact with Pakistani parliamentarians, including Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly.
For more information, contact:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan