PM’s visit to Maldives significant: Ambassador

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ISLAMABAD, Jul 26 (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador to Maldives
Retd. Vice Admiral Khawar Ali Shah said on Wednesday that
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s three-day visit to Maldives
was important.
Talking to PTV news, the Ambassador said Pakistan helped
small countries in the region including Maldives in
capacity building, progress and development.
He said Pakistan had promised to help them in medical
education and had signed an MoU for building a medical collage
there.
He said the prime minister had also signed MoUs with 12
universities in Maldives as it would create more opportunities for
learning in the field of education.
He said it was a great honor for Pakistan that the PM
had been invited as the Chief Guest on the 52nd Independence Day
of Maldives.
He said such exchange of visits should be frequently made
between the two regional states.
Replying to a question, he said the SAARC forum should
be an active organization but its working was sabotaged by India.
He said India should change its attitude and let the
the SAARC forum go ahead smoothly.
Replying to another question, he said the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif to Maldives had inspired the young generation of the hosts as it would give a positive image of Pakistan.
He said the people of Maldives had much reverence for
the founding father of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah too and they
like the urdu language and try to use it in their routine speech.
Last but not the least, he said tourism was the field in
which both the countries could coordinate and collaborate with each
other. There were nearly 150,000 people working in this
industry from the rest of the world and just because of this
sector their per capita income was 8000 dollars per year in the
South Asia and they would provide training opportunities to our
youths in this field.
He said both the countries would also exchange these trained
youths and there would be more employment opportunities for them.
The foreign services academies would train them and would do their
capacity building.