Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan would continue to work with Spain to address challenges such as drug trafficking, terrorism and extremism.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan and Spain shared common views on many regional and global issues. Recalling his successful visit to Spain in June 2010, the Prime Minister underlined the need of high level exchanges to further strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the need of tapping true trade potential between the both countries which remained far below the desired level.
The Prime Minister said that private sectors and business communities of both countries should engage with each other to create necessary linkages for the benefit of people of the two countries.
He appreciated the role of outgoing Ambassador in strengthening relations between Pakistan and Spain, hoping that he would continue to work for furthering friendly relations between the two countries in his new assignment.
The Prime said that the completion of two terms of Parliament in Pakistan will bring real revolution entailing peace, prosperity and political stability in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Mr Gonzalo Maria Quintero Saravia thanked the people and government of Pakistan for excellent hospitality extended to him during his Ambassadorial assignment in Pakistan.
The Ambassador said that Spain had emerged as 12th largest world economy after 1997 when democracy was restored and its continuity had ensured political stability, so important for economic growth. He said that phenomenal economic growth of Spain was due to democracy as extreme poverty was prevalent during the earlier period.
The Ambassador said that Spain would continue to cooperate with Pakistan in the fields of trade, investment and counter-terrorism for benefit of the two countries.