Islamabad: Terrorism and extremism are the biggest threats to peace and stability in Pakistan and it can be curbed by addressing the root causes of this menace and underlined the need for enhanced regional and global support to curb this evil.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly expressed these views while talking to the Ambassadors of Kingdom of the Netherlands and Republic of Korea who called on him separately in the Parliament House on Thursday.

Talking to the Ambassador of Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Marcel de Vink, the Speaker said that Pakistan is confronting challenges like poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and deprivation and it needed support of international community to overcome these challenges. Being a frontline state in war against terrorism, Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in this regard.

The Speaker underscored the need for regular interaction between political leadership, parliamentarians and people of both the countries that would take the existing bilateral relations between both the countries to new heights. He also stressed the need for frequent exchange of Parliamentary Delegation and to re-activate friendship groups between the two Parliaments for better understanding and enhanced cooperation through parliamentary diplomacy.

The Ambassador of Netherlands Mr. Marcel de Vink said that Pakistan is a stabilizing factor in the region’s progress and prosperity. The people of Pakistan have great potential to work hard for the prosperity and economic development of his country.

Ambassador assured Speaker for extending maximum assistance and support in different areas. He also appreciated the efforts made by the Speaker for re-activating of Pak-Netherlands friendship group and appointment of Convener for the friendship group in Parliament in that regard. He said that friendship groups in both the parliament could play an important role in strengthening bilateral relations.

While talking to the Ambassador of Republic of Korea Dr. Jong Hwan Song, Speaker said that regular interaction between the political leadership and people of Pakistan and Korea would build bridges of understanding and friendship between the two nations. He said that huge economic potential exists in both the countries which needed to be grabbed for mutual benefit.

The Speaker said that there is possibility of wide range of cooperation, particularly agriculture, education, energy and industrial sectors. Dr. Jong Hwan Song said that his government also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further cement them through cooperation in diverse fields.

He said that his country is eager to assist Pakistan in strengthening democratic institutions, aiding in capacity building and trainings.

Both Ambassadors appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices in fight against terrorism. On this occasion, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq extended invitation to the Speakers of Netherlands and Korea to visit Pakistan with Parliamentary delegations through their ambassadors.

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