Pak keen to expand cooperation with all its friends all over the world

Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is keen to expand cooperation with all its friends the world over, especially in trade, investment, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and human resource development.

There is urgent need for us all to convert the huge reservoir of mutual goodwill into mutually beneficial partnerships. Pakistan is a country full of potential, but not yet really exploited.

”We are looking to working closely with world, both in exploring, exploiting and developing this potential and realizing the opportunities”, the Prime Minister said this while addressing a group of Ambassadors at a luncheon hosted in their honour at the Prime Minister House on Wednesday.

Commenting on the regional political situation, PM said that while situation in Afghanistan is entering into a critical phase, Pakistan is engaged, and remains committed, to support a peaceful and smooth transition in Afghanistan.

During my recent visit to Kabul, PM told, President Karzai and I had a most warm and friendly exchange of views on a whole range of issues. These included cooperation in facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of transition and reconciliation.

Nawaz Sharif said that we are determined to rid Pakistan of terrorism and extremism. This menace is complex in nature and is rooted in the events of the past three decades, having global, regional and local dimensions.

We believe that the best way to deal with these challenges is through national consensus, which we are generating through various forums including the All Parties Conference and the Parliamentary resolutions, PM told.

Concluding his speech PM said that we are aiming that Pakistan’s image is correctly and accurately portrayed before the international community. After having spent some time in this country, I am confident that you know Pakistan well. We count you now not only among Pakistan’s friends but its ambassadors too, PM added.

Later Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Rodolfo Martin Saravia also addressed the gathering.

In his address, he said that “We all are honoured to have been invited here and thank you for support extended to the diplomatic community. This event provides an opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas.

The peaceful transfer of power from one democratic setup to another is an achievement for Pakistan. The diplomatic community feels comfortable in Pakistan and considers it as our second home”.

Apart from Ambassador of Argentina, Ambassadors of Canada, Norway, Turkey, Brazil, Japan, Holy See, Cuba, Switzerland and Deputy Chief of Mission of USA and Charge D’ Affairs of Australia attended the luncheon.

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