Ayaz Sadiq for enhanced Pak-UK economic cooperation, parliamentary ties

ISLAMABAD, Jul 26 (APP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan highly values its relations with UK and desire to strengthen the existing relations between the two countries through
enhanced economic cooperation and parliamentary ties.
He expressed these views while talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew who called on him here Wednesday, said a press release.
The Speaker said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its strategic partnership with United Kingdom and both the countries have commonalities of views on regional and global issues.
He underscored the need for regular interaction between political leadership, parliamentarians and people of both the countries that would take the existing bilateral relations between both the countries to new heights.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also stressed the need for frequent exchange of Parliamentary delegations and stressed to re-activate friendship groups
between the two Parliaments for better understanding and enhanced cooperation through parliamentary diplomacy.
He also appreciated the Parliamentary assistance program funded by British Parliament and CPA.
The Speaker said that Pakistan is committed to promoting durable peace and stability in the region as regional prosperity and development is contingent upon peace in the region.
He also added that Pakistan desires good relations with all its
neighbors and is keen to promote exchange of parliamentary delegations and talks.
Thomas Drew, British High Commissioner appreciated the
remarks of the Speaker and said that UK considers Pakistan one of its close
friend and an important trading partner.
He said that UK would expand the scope of its assistance plan and assist Pakistan in diverse fields.
The High Commissioner assured the Speaker for extending maximum assistance for building of Legislative capacity of the parliamentarians and
He valued the efforts made by the parliamentarian regarding the electoral reforms for free, fair and transparent election in Pakistan for future.
While discussing the role of Parliamentary Friendship Group, he said that friendship groups in both the parliament could play an important role in strengthening bilateral relations.