Islamabad - The Prime Minister expressed his government’s strong resolve to redouble its efforts to enhance and expand bilateral cooperation with Canada in areas of mutual interest, in particular, trade, investment, energy, health and education.

PM Shehbaz Sharif was talking to Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ambassador Wendy Gilmour, who called on him on Tuesday at the PM office. During the course of their conversation, the Prime Minister discussed Pakistan-Canada long-standing relationship, which is marked by cordiality and friendship. Briefing the High Commissioner on government’s business-friendly policies, the Prime Minister invited the Canadian companies to take advantage of these policies to make investment in Pakistan.

Speaking of his confidence that the Reko-Diq project would generate jobs and create economic activity especially for the people of Balochistan, the Prime Minister expressed his hope that Barrick Gold would soon commence its work on the site so as to begin reaping dividends from the project. The High Commissioner stated that the Canadian companies would be encouraged to explore economic and investment opportunities in Pakistan. In the regional context, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif underscored the imperative of maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan, while urging the international community to step up its efforts to avert humanitarian and economic crises in that country. Ambassador Gilmour conveyed her government’s deep appreciation for Pakistan’s continued cooperation with Canada, particularly with regard to the evacuations in the aftermath of developments in Afghanistan post-15 August, 2021.

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Noting that there was an active Pakistani diaspora in Canada, the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of enhancing people-to-people contacts and high-level exchanges. He also stressed that both countries needed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties in a befitting manner. The Prime Minister extended a cordial invitation to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to undertake an early official visit to Pakistan, as it would surely contribute to enhancing Pakistan-Canada ties. Meanwhile PM Shehbaz Sharif paid rich tribute to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on her 69 birth anniversary. “I pay my rich tributes to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto on her 69th birthday. Our democracy is poorer without her.”, Shehbaz Sharif said in his tweet. Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani called on the PM and discussed political situation with the PM. Member National Assembly Zaib Jaffar also called on the PM and discussed political situation in the country and issues related to her constituency. Senator Afnan Ullah, Mehmood Bashir Virk MNA, also called on the PM and discussed political issues with the PM.