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President says that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Bangladesh

Islamabad, November 21, 2012 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Bangladesh and was determined to further strengthen the existing equation extending it to all the areas of mutual interests.

This he said during his meeting with a delegation from Bangladesh headed by Dr. Syed Ali Gowher Rizvi, Advisor to the Prime Minister on International Affairs, here at Aiwan-e-Sadr today.

The Bangladeshi delegation comprised of Mr. Mohamed Mijarul Quayees, Foreign Secretary, High Commissioner Mr. Suhrab Hossain, Mr. Tarik Ahsan, Director General Foreign Affairs and other diplomats.

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Secretary General Mr. M. Salaman Faruqui, SAPM Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Foreign Secretary Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani and other senior officials were also present during the meeting.

Bilateral relations, mutual cooperation in the area of trade and commerce and overall region situation was discussed during the meeting.

Discussing bilateral relations, the President noted the convergence of views between the two countries on substantive regional and world issues. He urged the need for the two countries to continue cooperating and coordinating with each other at all multilateral forums.

The President said that our historical linkages and other commonalities should serve to further strengthen our bilateral relations and help in taking unanimous approach on the issues of mutual concern.

He said that the two sides should encourage high level contacts and the people to people interaction for the promotion of multifaceted ties of the two countries. In this context the President mentioned Foreign Minister’s visit to Bangladesh recently and the “Friendship Group” for Bangladesh constituted in Senate to strengthen relations between the Parliaments of the two countries.

The President during meeting also expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral trade between the two countries and said that conclusion of FTA would further enhance our bilateral trade.

He said that Pakistan greatly appreciates Bangladesh for its support to the country in securing WTO waiver for its exports to EU. He also thanked Bangladesh for its support to the flood victims of 2010 in Pakistan.

Professor Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, thanked the President for meeting and the hospitality being extended to his delegation by the Government. He expressed keen desire of his Government to further strengthen its cordial and brotherly relations with Pakistan.

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