Islamabad: Yemen Minister of Trade & Industry and Ambassador of Sweden separately called on Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday.

Talking to the Minister for Trade and Industry of Yemen Dr. Saadaldeen Ali Salim Talib, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Yemen and Pakistan are tied in eternal bonds of religion and culture; therefore steps may be taken for further solidifying the existing brotherly relations between two countries.

He said that present government has created conducive environment for foreign investment by introducing various incentives and reforms in the economic sector. He stressed the need to enhance interaction between business communities of both the countries.

Minister of Yemen Dr. Saadaldeen Ali Salim Talib thanked the Speaker for his kind words and said that said that Yemen also considers Pakistan one of its close friends.

He said that law and order situation in Yemen has largely improved and the government is actively pursuing the reconstruction and rehabilitation process. He also expressed his government’s desire to further enhance economic cooperation between two countries. He asked the Speaker for support of National Assembly for capacity building of its Parliamentarians and support staff.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq assured that Pakistan would extend its all-out support for assistance in parliamentary practices and capacity building of parliamentarians and support staff of Yemeni Parliament through Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS).

While talking to the Swedish Ambassador Mr. Tomas Rosander, the Speaker said that Pakistan strongly desires to further diversify its existing relations through people-to-people contacts and parliamentary cooperation between National Assembly and Swedish Parliament.

The present Pakistani political hierarchy envisions a qualitative transformation in its relation with Sweden for building a broad based, substantive and long term partnership encompassing all areas of mutual cooperation, he added.

He said that women parliamentary caucus in National Assembly is also working actively in protecting women rights and empowering them politically and economically. He asked the Ambassador to energize the engagement between business community of the both the countries.

Swedish Ambassador Mr. Tomas Rosander acknowledged the sentiments of the Speaker and said that his government also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further cement them through cooperation in diverse fields. He agreed that frequent interaction between business communities and parliamentarians would be beneficial for both the nations.

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