Pakistan keen to enhance political, economic relations with Southeast Asia: President

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APP05-30 ISLAMABAD: May 30 - Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Thailand Asim Iftikhar Ahmad called on President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwan-e-Sadr. APP

ISLAMABAD: May 30 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday said
Pakistan accorded great importance to its relations with Thailand and was keen to enhance political and economic relations with Southeast Asian region.
He was talking to Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Thailand Asim Iftikhar Ahmad here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The president asked the ambassador-designate to establish close
contacts with regional countries to garner support for attaining Full Dialogue Partner status for Pakistan at ASEAN.
He expressed optimism that ambassador-designate would play a pro-active role in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.
President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized the need on further enhancing
bilateral relations in the fields of trade, defense and education.
He stressed that ambassador-designate would make efforts to complete the negotiation process of the Free Trade Agreement and its signing by the end of 2017.
He asked the ambassador-designate to establish close contacts with
Pakistani diaspora in Thailand and provide them all necessary facilities.