NA: (Parliamentary interaction to cement Pak-German ties: NA Speaker)

ISLAMABAD: Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and the German Parliamentarians agreed to reinvigorate ties between Pakistan and Germany through Parliamentary contacts and cooperation.

A group of German Women Parliamentarians led by Ms. Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq here on Wednesday.

The meeting was held in cordial atmosphere wherein parliamentarians from both sides agreed for strengthening of Pak-German friendship through enhancing parliamentary and people to people contacts.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan values its decade’s old friendship with Germany and strongly desires to strengthen its parliamentary and economic cooperation.

He said that Germany has been vocal and staunch supporter of Pakistan and has always extended assistance in when needed. He termed the visit of his German colleagues, a reaffirmation of the cordial relations between the two countries and for support of its democracy.

He also expressed his satisfaction on the pace of political and economic engagement between both the countries. He also appreciated the German assistance for socio-economic uplift in Pakistan.

The Speaker apprised his German colleagues about the structure of the present parliament. He said that the present parliament consists of progressive forces and were on same page on all issues concerning national security and welfare of masses.

Referring to the peace in the region, the Speaker said that Pakistan believes in peace and good relation with its neighbors and wanted resolution of all contentious issues through peaceful means which was imperative for the progress and prosperity in the region.

He also informed his German colleagues about his initiatives for enhancing capacity of the Parliamentarians and support staff for their meaningful participation in the legislative process.

Ms. Claudia Roth, Vice President of German Bundestag agreed with the Speaker saying that parliamentary engagement between the two parliaments would strengthen the existing cordial relations between the two countries.

She praised the resilience of Pakistan nation which has gone through decades old insurgency. She said that German Bundestag would embark on a pragmatic and issue driven program for enhancing cooperation between both the parliaments.

She appreciated the personal determination of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for initiating practical measures for deepening the relations between Pakistan and Germany. The other Parliamentarians also spoke about the cordial relations between Pakistan and Germany. They said that this visit helped them to see the peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.