Islamabad—Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid has said that Pakistan regarded France its economic, political and strategic partner and the bilateral multifaceted ties would further strengthen in the days to come. Addressing a reception hosted by Ambassador of France Martine Dorance here late Thursday to commemorate the National Day of France, the minister said July 14 has special place in the history of France that has also become a symbol of human rights as well as the values.
The reception was attended by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq diplomats from various countries as well as the parliamentarians from different political parties.
The national anthems of both the countries were played and the ambassador along with the guests also cut the cake to celebrate the National Day. The law minister said Pakistan placed its relations with France at top priority and there was a huge potential to improve the bilateral ties.
He hoped that both the countries would work to harness the potential to bolster the multiple ties between the two friendly countries. Zahid Hamid also thanked the ambassador for hosting the Pakistani delegation in the Climate Summit held in France.
He said the Ministry of Climate Change and its relevant departments were striving to implement the decision taken at the Climate Summit. He told the participants that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had already announced Green Pakistan Initiative, aimed at protecting the country’s environment and taking the measures to tackle the challenge of climate change in the country.
In her address Ambassador Martine Dorance said French companies were taking interest in Pakistan and were optimist about the business environment in the country. She said the relations between France and Pakistan “have greatly strengthened, and our bilateral dialogue has become more fruitful in many fields.”
She said the economic ties between Pakistan and France were bound to grow and the logos of the French companies displayed at the venue showed their interest as well as the optimism about the business opportunities in Pakistan.
“Our economic relations are also bound to bloom and our French companies are gaining strength and optimism in the Pakistani market. They are all over Pakistan, and thanks to their support, we will be able, this year, to celebrate our national day in Islamabad, in Karachi, as well as in Lahore,” she said.