Islamabad: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has termed Pakistan’s friendship with Australia, historic and based on mutual trust and cooperation.

He expressed the desire to further solidify the existing bonds of friendship through enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation between both the countries.

Speaker National Assembly was talking to Mr. Peter Heyward, High Commissioner of Australia who called on him in Parliament House on Monday.

While talking to the Australian High Commissioner, the Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Australia which are based on mutual cooperation, trust and support in diverse fields.

He stressed the need for enhancing cooperation between National Assembly of Pakistan and Australian Parliament through Pak-Australian Friendship Groups. He termed it a beneficial way of exchanging views and learning from each others experiences.

The Speaker asked for further enhancing contacts between business communities of both the countries for effective utilization of huge economic potential in Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan would keenly look into the prospects of utilizing scientific research in fields of agriculture, mining and medicine. He appreciated opening of Campus of Australian University in Pakistan.

Australian High Commissioner Mr. Peter Heyward appreciated the remarks of the Speaker and said that his government also attaches importance to its relation with Pakistan and which needed to be further enhanced on solid footing.

He was confident that Parliamentarians of both the countries could play an important role in bringing both the countries more closer. He said that Australian High Commission in Islamabad was playing its role in mobilizing business communities of both countries for exploiting immense economic potential on either side.

He said that his country would always stand by Pakistan in pursuit of socio-economic development in Pakistan.

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