NA: (NA Deputy Speaker for regular interaction between the Parliamentarians of Pakistan and Portugal)

ISLAMABAD: The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan and Portugal enjoy cordial relations and Pakistan wants to further strengthening them.

He expressed these views while talking to Charge’ d Affairs of Portugal Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa who called on him here in Parliament House, on Tuesday. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA and member Pak-Portugal Friendship Group was also present on the occasion.

The Deputy Speaker stressed the need for enhanced Parliamentary contacts between the parliaments of both the countries. He said regular interaction between Parliamentarians of the both country could play a vital role to further consolidate the existing bilateral relations.

He also underlined the need for increase in bilateral trade. He viewed that volume of trade between the two countries at presents did not commensurate with the existing potential.

He said that incumbent Government has introduced investment friendly policies in the country Portugalise Companies could benefit from those policies. He also urged for enhancing people to people and cultural exchanges.

Charge’ d Affairs of Portugal Embassy thanked the Deputy Speaker for his remarks and said that his country also values high its relations with Pakistan.

He agreed that interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries could play an important role to bring both the nation closer.

He appreciated the resilience shown by the people of Pakistan in war against terrorism and assured all out support of his country in this regard. He apprised the Deputy Speaker about the seminar being organized by Portugalise Government to promote economic relations between Pakistan and Portugal which will be held in January next year.

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