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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Portugal enjoy a multifaceted and friendly relationship marked by shared interests and a common stance on various regional and international matters, including supporting each other at international forums, said a press release.

It is high time to enhance political, cultural, economic, and people-to-people connections between the two countries. He made these remarks during a meeting with the Portuguese Envoy to Pakistan, Manuel Frederico Pinheiro Da Silva, who called on him at the Parliament, on Wednesday.

In the meeting, the two sides discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues.

They expressed contentment with the current state of bilateral relations and reaffirmed their joint resolve to further expanding and diversifying mutually beneficial cooperation.

While discussing parliamentary relations, the speaker underscored the importance of parliamentary diplomacy in strengthening bilateral ties, particularly through expanding cooperation between parliamentary friendship groups and the exchange of parliamentary delegations.

He also mentioned to extend invitation to his Portuguese counterpart to visit Pakistan along with the parliamentary delegation.

Discussing trade and economic cooperation, the speaker mentioned Pakistan's proactive efforts in creating a conducive environment for economic and trade activities, providing friendly countries with significant investment opportunities and benefits.

The speaker also highlighted that Pakistan has ample tourism opportunities especially ancient Buddhism heritage can be a potential driver for closer ties between the two nations.

The ambassador expressed gratitude for the speaker's kind remarks and reiterated that Portugal views Pakistan as an important regional stakeholder.

He expressed a desire to further strengthen linkages in areas of mutual interest, in addition to fostering parliamentary and cultural exchanges.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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