French parliamentary delegation to visit Pakistan

PARIS - A delegation of five French parliamentarians, led by Jean Bernard Sempastous, member of the French National Assembly and the newly-appointed President of the France Pakistan Friendship Group in the French National Assembly, is all set to visit Pakistan next month.

This would be the first visit to Pakistan by a delegation of French National Assembly in ten years.

This was disclosed by the Ambassador of Pakistan to France Mr. Moin ul Haque after his meeting with the President and other members of the French Pakistan Friendship group held at the National Assembly of France in Paris yesterday.

While briefing the members of the newly re-constituted France Pakistan Friendship Group, the Ambassador said that democracy has taken firm roots in Pakistan with a strong parliament, independent judiciary and free media. He said that the Pakistani nation through unprecedented sacrifices has defeated the forces of terrorism and extremism.

Today, Pakistan was on the path of peace and development with an impressive growth rate, infrastructure development and improvement of social sector.

Expressing satisfaction on the state of Pakistan-France bilateral relations, the Ambassador called for more high level exchanges between the two countries. In this respect, he emphasized the important of building linkages between the parliaments of the two countries through regular visits.

Mr. Jean Bernard Sempastous has assumed the leadership of the Pakistan France Friendship Group in place of Mr. Francois Popponi, who will now serve as the Vice President of the Group.

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