Zardari for enhancing trade, investment ties

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United States Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas R Nides called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. He was accompanied by US Ambassador Cameron Munter, Dan Feldman, Deputy Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and other officials. Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Secretary-General Salman Faruqui, Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar, Senator Sughra Imam, MNA Farahnaz Ispahani, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, and Secretary Economic Affairs Division Abdul Wajid Rana were present during the meeting. Pak-US bilateral relations and mutual co-operation, progress on various segments of strategic dialogue in the multi-faceted fields, issues of regional stability including countering terrorism and peace in Afghanistan were discussed during the meeting. The President emphasised on government s preference for trade rather than aid and said that the enhanced trade and investment ties between the two countries would promote economic activities and also help address the issues of poverty and unemployment in the under-developed and militancy affected areas. The President said he was asking the world for helping Pakistan to build its own inherent economic strength through opportunities for greater trade and market access and not just aid. He said that global corporate sector should be incentivised to take part in joint ventures for profit. The President reiterated Pakistan s resolve to cooperate with the international forces in combating terrorism and militancy which he termed the common enemy of the world. He said that the government and people of Pakistan have made unparalleled human and economic sacrifices in the process of combating militancy and reiterated to continue the fight till complete elimination of the vicious elements and forces involved in killing of innocent people in Pakistan and everywhere in the world. He said that it was in the interest of both countries that relations based on respect for sovereignty and mutual trust and mutual interest should move on and carried forward in a mutually beneficial manner. The visiting US Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Thomas R Nides, thanked the President for meeting and termed Pakistan as an important ally in the war against terrorism and for defeating the violent extremism. He acknowledged the great sacrifices of the people and law enforcing agencies of Pakistan for world s peace in the ongoing struggle against terrorism. He assured continued support and co-operation of the US government in combating terrorism and in all other fields.

Courtesy : Business Recorder

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