Islamabad: Ambassador of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Said Muhammad Al-Said Hindam, called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at the PM House today in which he congratulated the Prime Minister on Pakistan’s winning of a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council with comfortable majority.
The Prime Minister underscored the importance of close relations between Egypt and Pakistan for benefits of two brotherly Muslim countries.
The Prime Minister recalled his visit to Sharm el Sheikh in connection with participation in an economic summit soon after assuming office where he met then US President George Bush and a host of other world leaders.
The Prime Minister appreciated the Fatwa of Mufti of Al-Azhar University in which he disapproved of extremists’ activities as these were bringing bad name to Islam.
The Prime Minister welcomed the Ambassador and said that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Egypt would further improve during his tenure. He also highlighted the need of exchange of delegations especially of students between both countries to enhance people-to-people contacts.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan was a frontline state against terrorism and extremism, adding the country was determined to fight out these menaces in totality with the support of its people.
The Egyptian Ambassador said that his country values its relations with Pakistan. He told the Prime Minister that Egypt had decided to support Pakistan’s effort for Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status at the European Union despite his country being a competitor in the field of textile.
The Ambassador also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to visit Egypt at a convenient time and date. Accepting the invitation, the Prime Minister said that he would like to visit Egypt on a date to be agreed between Foreign Offices of both countries.
The Ambassador said that Egypt would be very happy to contribute to socio-economic development of Pakistan, adding that she had also extended assistance during the earthquake of 2005, floods in 2010 and torrential rains in the province of Sindh this year.
He conveyed the deepest condolence of the government and people of Egypt on the sad demise of Begum Nusrat Bhutto.
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