Islamabad, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Mr. Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the PM House here today. He gave the Prime Minister a written invitation from President Joko Widodo for inviting him to the 60th anniversary of Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung, and the 10th anniversary of New Asian-African Strategic Partnership for which 109 countries have been invited.
While accepting the invitation, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the Indonesian President for this gesture which he regarded as a manifestation of the brotherly relations that exist between the two countries. He said Pakistan, being one of the founding members of the Bandung Conference attaches significance to it. Pakistan, he said, appreciates Indonesia’s efforts in keeping the Bandung spirit alive.
The Prime Minister said there is dire need among Asian and African countries to strengthen cooperation in diverse fields for the benefit of their peoples. Strengthening south-south ties is important for world peace and stability, he said.
Talking about close bilateral relations between Pakistan and Indonesia the Prime Minister said the two countries share common perceptions on regional and international issues and closely cooperate at multilateral forums, having always stood by each other in times of need.
He said it is heartening to see that Preferential Trade Agreement between the two countries became operational since September 2013 while emphasizing that there is ample scope to enhance economic cooperation between them. He said there is a need to increase bilateral trade to make it commensurate with the warm feelings of brotherhood that the two countries have for each other.
He said Pakistan welcomes Indonesian investors to take advantage of favourable investment opportunities in the country. The Prime Minister asked Mr. Fachir to convey his warm regards and best wishes to president Widodo. Mr. Fachir said Indonesia wants Pakistan’s cooperation in developing its CNG sector as well as a mass transportation system in the country.
He mentioned having productive discussion with Mr. Sartaj Aziz this morning in which matters related to further strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation came under discussion. Indonesia’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Burhan Muhammad was present during the meeting. Special Assistant to the PM Mr. Tariq Fatemi also attended the meeting.
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