Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2013
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Pakistan attaches immense importance to ties with Netherlands: Ayaz Sadiq

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ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said Pakistan attached immense importance to its bilateral relations with Netherlands and desired to further strengthen

them through enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation. The Speaker was talking to Ambassador of Netherlands Marcel de Vink, who called on him here at the Parliament House.

Ayaz Sadiq said enhanced parliamentary cooperation between National Assembly of Pakistan and Dutch Parliament would add substance to the bilateral relations between the two countries.

He said interaction between parliamentarians from both sides, specially women legislators, would be a befitting way for exchanging views, sharing experiences and the legislation done for public good.

He also called for enhancing interaction between business communities of both the countries to accelerate economic activity in Pakistan.

The Speaker appreciated the Dutch support to Pakistan on award of GSP Plus status by the EU Parliament. He was confident that after the award of GSP plus status, Pakistani exports to EU would increase and help the country attain self-reliance.

Ambassador of Netherlands Marcel de Vink said that his government also valued its long association with Pakistan.

He reiterated his government’s support for strengthening of democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan.

He said Netherlands would extend allout support to the Speaker for his initiatives for making National Assembly more vibrant.

He agreed for active engagement of parliamentarians and business communities of both the countries for mutual benefit.
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