ISLAMABAD - Ambassadors of Tajikistan and Afghanistan in Pakistan Wednesday presented a joint invitation to Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar for a two-day 5th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-V) to be held at Dushanbe (Tajikistan) on March 26-27.
She said that Islamabad had participated in all the four RECCA meetings held so far and expressed Pakistan's total make the Dushanbe Conference a success. The Minister also exchanged views on Pakistan's bilateral relations with Egypt and Netherlands over the issues relating to trade, investment and people to contact.
While talking to the Ambassador of Egypt, Said Mohamed El Said Hindam, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Egypt and wanted to further strengthen the existing brotherly relations with Egypt. This was Ambassador Hindam's courtesy call and the Minister assured him all possible assistance in the promotion of relations between Pakistan and Egypt. Hina said that democracy in the two countries provided a strong vehicle to further promote people-to-people contacts.
The Ambassador appreciated the help and assistance he had been receiving from the Government of Pakistan for promotion of relations between the two brotherly countries.
The two sides agreed to explore further avenues of bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of trade and investment.
The Ambassador of the Netherlands in Islamabad, Gajus Scheltema, was also among the foreign dignitaries who called on the Minister and discussed the state of bilateral relations, Pakistan-EU relations and other issues of mutual interests. The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan could benefit from Dutch expertise in water management and conservation, infrastructure development, alternate energy and agriculture.
She requested for Dutch support in the EU to Pakistan's inclusion in GSP plus. The Foreign Minister also emphasized the importance of regular institionalized summit-level dialogue with the EU. The Ambassador said that the Netherlands valued its relations with Pakistan, adding that there was a strong desire in the Hague to further develop this relationship, especially in the fields of trade, commerce and investment.