EU delegation meets NA Speaker

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APP01-22 ISLAMABAD: September 22 - Ambassador of European Union to Pakistan Mr. Jean-Francois Cautain called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at Parliament House. APP

ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (APP): A 5-member delegation headed by Jean-Francois Caution, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq here Friday.
The delegation exchanged views on Electoral Reforms, Census in Pakistan, regional and international issues with the Speaker, said a press release.
While talking to the delegation, the Speaker said that EU and
Pakistan shares perception of various global issues and attaches high value to its strategic partnership in various fields. He appreciated EU support for the strengthening of democratic process and institutions in Pakistan.
He said that political leadership of Pakistan envisions a long
term strategic partnership with EU with special emphasis on
strengthening of economic and trade partnership, peace and security and parliamentary cooperation.
He said that the visible manifestation of the Government’s
commitment for vibrant and sovereign democratic institutions is that
the government has always taken the Parliament into confidence on
all major issues.
“National Security Committee which consists of all the political
parties in the Parliament renders advice to the Government on all
issues concerning with security of the country” the Speaker said.
He said that the present Parliament consists of progressive
political forces who enthusiastically working for the betterment of
the people and strengthening the democracy in the country.
Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautain
appreciated the remarks of the Speaker and said that EU would
continue its unwavering support to Pakistan for the development of
infrastructure, gender equality, education and health as well as
strengthening of Election Commission and electoral reforms.
He also assured the Speaker for assistance to the Parliament
for the capacity building of Parliamentarians and secretarial staff.
The EU delegation praised Pakistan’s continued strides towards
democracy and parliamentary supremacy.
They took keen interest in the working of the parliament and
sought quarries from the Speaker on the Electoral Reforms, National
Census in Pakistan, Human Rights and the role of NGOs in Pakistan.