Islamabad: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its existing bilateral relations with Netherlands and desires to further strengthen them through enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation.
The Speaker said this while talking to the Ambassador of Netherlands Mr. Marcel de Vink who called on him in Parliament House.
The Speaker said that enhanced parliamentary cooperation between National Assembly of Pakistan and Dutch Parliament would add substance to the existing bilateral relations between the two countries.
He said that interaction between parliamentarians from both sides specially the women legislators would be a befitting way for exchanging views, sharing experiences and the legislation done for public good.
He also called for enhancing interaction between business communities of both the countries to accelerate economic activity in Pakistan. The Speaker appreciated the Dutch support to Pakistan on award of GSP plus status by EU Parliament.
He was confident that after the award of GSP plus status, Pakistani exports to EU would increase and lead the country towards self-reliance.
Ambassador of Netherlands Mr. Marcel de Vink, acknowledged the kinds remarks of the Speaker and said that his Government also values its long association with Pakistan. He reiterated his government’s support for strengthening of democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan.
He said that Netherlands would extend all out support to the Speaker for his initiatives for making National Assembly more vibrant. He agreed for active engagement of parliamentarians and business communities of both the countries for mutual benefit.