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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi said that Pakistan attaches great importance to the promotion of trade, business, and commercial cooperation with friendly countries under its new "geo-economics" policy.

"Pakistan wanted to promote connectivity, and regional peace and development by further expanding bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, economy, culture, and tourism," the president made these remarks, while talking to the Ambassadors-designates of Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Azerbaijan, Kingdom of Thailand, and the High Commissioner-designate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who made separate calls on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, on Thursday.

Earlier, the Ambassador-designate of Kyrgyzstan, Totuiaev, Ulanbek Asankulovich, Ambassador-designate of Kazakhstan, Yerzhan Kistafin, Ambassador-designate of Azerbaijan, Khazar Farhadov, Ambassador-designate of Thailand, Chakkrid Krachaiwong, and High Commissioner-designate of Nigeria, Abioye Mohammed Bello presented their credentials to President Alvi at a ceremony.

Congratulating the newly-appointed envoys, the president expressed the hope that they would play their role in further strengthening political, economic, and cultural relations with Pakistan.

While talking to the envoys separately, President Alvi said that Pakistan's unique geo-economic location offered tremendous opportunities for transport, trade, transit trade and ICT connectivity to the entire region.

He observed that greater regional integration would help drive growth and socio-economic development in the entire region.

He also underscored the need to hold regular meetings of institutional mechanisms such as the Bilateral Political Consultations, Joint Ministerial Commissions, and Inter-Governmental Commissions, to further solidify bilateral relations with friendly countries.

The president expressed satisfaction over the existing level of bilateral cooperation and wished the envoys success for their assignments in Islamabad.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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