President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan attaches utmost importance to its ties with Australia and wanted to further strengthen bilateral cooperation with Australia in all areas of mutual interest.
He emphasized the need to develop collaboration with Australia in the areas of education and vocational training that would help towards the socio-economic development of Pakistan.
The President expressed these views while talking to the outgoing Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and High Commissioner-designate of Pakistan to Australia, Mr Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Monday.
Discussing various aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries, the President stressed that Pakistan and Australia had huge potential to increase trade and economic cooperation.
He added that Pakistan wanted to enhance bilateral cooperation with Australia in diverse fields, particularly education, agriculture, trade, water management, mining and Information Technology.
He also underlined the need to attract Australian investment to Pakistan, adding that the country had adopted business-friendly policies and had shifted its focus from geo-politics to geo-economics.
Emphasizing the Government’s appreciation of the positive role played by the Overseas Pakistanis, the President asked the High Commissioner-designate to work for the facilitation and welfare of the Pakistani diaspora in Australia and extend them all possible support and services.
Noting the considerable number of Pakistani students in Australia, he highlighted the need for further enhancement of educational cooperation between the two countries.