Time to cement Pak Indonesian ties: Sarwar

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Envoy stress early resolution of Kashmir, Palestinian issues

Amraiz Khan

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Thursday said that Pakistan is among the top five importers of palm oil from Indonesia as both the countries are interlinked religious, cultural and trade ties which are getting stronger with each passing day.

“Indonesia is an important trading partner of Pakistan and measures will be taken to cement the mutual ties between the two countries further.”

Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar was taking to Indonesian Ambassador in Pakistan Adam Mulawarman Tugio who called on him at Governor’s House here on Thursday.

Ch Sarwar and the Indonesian ambassador agreed to promote bilateral relations, economic ties and stressed the need for resolution of Kashmir and Palestine issue for lasting peace in the world.

On the occasion, Ambassador Tugio appreciated Pakistan’s role in the eradication of terrorism and in Afghan peace process.

While apprising the Indonesian Ambassador about the incentives being given to investors, the Punjab governor said that the provincial government is establishing Special Economic Zones to facilitate the foreign investors where all facilities are being provided through one window operations.

He said that the business community plays an important role in nation’s development and Pakistan is safe country for foreign investment.

Indonesian Ambassador Adam Mulawarman Tugio said that his country gives high value to historic brotherly relations with Pakistan. Indonesian investors are playing their role for Pakistan’s economic stability and development.

He said that Pakistan’s sacrifices for peace and eradication of terrorism are laudable, adding that we have always stood by Pakistan and will continue to stand with Pakistan on all issues including Kashmir

Meanwhile, the governor informed that work on 1,500 projects of Punjab Aab-e-Pak Authority (PAPA) is under progress and till December, clean drinking water to 7.5 million people will be provided.

The governor informed that as a Chancellor, he has appointed 18 Vice Chancellors on merit in Punjab, saying that noting except merit will be tolerated in universities.

The Punjab governor said that Pakistan was not supporting or opposing any group in Afghanistan as the decision on Afghanistan was now to be taken by the Afghani people, saying that bullet cannot become successor to ballot in Afghanistan.

We stand by peace and we will continue to play our role for peace because peace in Afghanistan will benefit Pakistan more than any other country in region. Pakistan has been sacrificing the most for the war on terror.

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