President thanks international community for continued support during recent floods


Envoys-designate of Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Zimbabwe & Senegal present credentials

Zubair Qureshi

President Dr Arif Ali on Monday thanked the international community for its continued support for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the wake of catastrophic floods in Pakistan and expressed the hope that the advanced countries would further step up contribution in this regard.

He expressed this hope during brief meetings with ambassadors designate of Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Zimbabwe & Senegal after they presented their credentials to the president at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Henny Fokel de Vries, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark, Jakob Linulf, Ambassador of Switzerland, Georg Steiner, Ambassador of Finland, Hannu Ripatti, Non-Resident High Commissioner of Zimbabwe, Lt Gen (R) Martin Chedondo, and Non-Resident Ambassador of Senegal, Saliou Niang Dieng, were among those who presented their credentials and also made separate calls on the president.

Talking to the ambassador of the Netherlands, the president said that Pakistan desired to forge a long-term and multi-dimensional partnership with the Netherlands, especially in the fields of trade, agriculture, investment, energy, culture, education and people-to-people contacts. He added that the Netherlands had become the second largest export destination for Pakistani products in the European Union (EU) with a bilateral trade volume of USD 2.3 billion. He expressed the hope that the Netherlands would continue to extend its support for Pakistan’s GSP plus.

Talking to the ambassador of Denmark, the president said that Pakistan desired to further strengthen relations with Denmark in all spheres, especially in political, economic, trade, investment and defence fields. He proposed that Pakistani tech companies could offer their cost-effective and high-quality services and products to Denmark. He highlighted the importance of ease of travelling between the two countries for further improving the bilateral economic relations as well as people-to-people contacts.

Talking to the ambassador of Switzerland, the president said that Pakistan highly valued its partnership with Switzerland in economy, trade and commerce as well as in the sphere of socio-economic development and humanitarian assistance. He said that Swiss companies could invest in Pakistan’s tourism sector which had great potential to attract tourism traffic from across the globe. He said Pakistan could learn from Switzerland’s highly developed tourism and hospitality industry, besides benefitting from Swiss expertise to train Human Resources connected with the tourism industry.

While talking to the ambassador of Finland, the president urged the need to enhance interactions between the business communities as well as the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the two countries to fully achieve the potential of bilateral trade volume. He said that Pakistan would welcome Finnish expertise in the transport sector, including environmentally sustainable transport technologies.

Talking to the high commissioner of Zimbabwe, the president expressed Pakistan’s desire to enhance cooperation in the agricultural, pharmaceutical and defence sectors. He also underlined the need for enhancing bilateral trade volume to its fullest potential.

Talking to the ambassador of Senegal, the president said that Pakistan considered Senegal an important country in the West African region, and expressed satisfaction over the excellent state of relations between the two countries


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