SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, July 15
(APP): President of Serbia Boris Tadic Wednesday called on Prime Minister Yusuf
Raza Gilani and discussed the ways to enhance bilateral relations between the
two countries. In a meeting held on the
sidelines of 15th summit of Non-Aligned Movement here, the two
leaders agreed to develop and promote activities for enhancing people-to-people
and cultural contacts between Pakistan and Serbia.
Prime Minister Gilani said the
two countries enjoy warm and cordial relations, and keeping in view the
tradition of friendly relations, Pakistan wishes to further strengthen their
He said Pakistan terms Serbia a
very important country and considers it as a factor of stability in the Balkan
He said Pakistan highly values
its mutually beneficial cooperation with Serbia and hopes to further strengthen
and broaden political, economic and trade ties between the two countries.
Gilani welcomed the bilateral
political consultations between the two countries proposed for the end of July
He regretted that there had
been no high-level contacts between the leaders of the two countries for past
many years, which he said needed to be revived.
The Prime Minister said
appointment of Pakistan’s resident Ambassador to Serbia was a manifestation of
the country’s interest to further strengthen and deepen the bilateral relations,
after Pakistan reopened its Embassy some eight years back.
He said total trade volume
between the two countries was much below their potential, and stressed the need
for efforts to be made to increase bilateral trade.
Gilani also called for
cooperating in defence, defence production and exploring training fields between
the two countries.
He said Pakistan and Serbia
(the then Yugoslavia) had signed various bilateral agreements, which should be
Serbian President Tadic said
his country was wishful of further collaborating with Pakistan in diverse areas,
and hoped that it would strengthen the mutual relationship between the two