Nepalese delegation calls on Prime Minister

Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan greatly values its relations with Nepal which are based on mutual respect and shared perceptions on regional and international issues.

The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with a Nepalese delegation, headed by Mr. Shanker Prasad Koirala, Minister for Finance, Industry, Commerce and Supplies, which called on him at the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the Joint Economic Commission’s meeting, for which the Napalese delegation visiting the country, would help to increase the trade gains and harness the economic potential between the two countries and also reiterated Pakistan’s continued financial and technical assistance for economic development in Nepal.

The Prime Minister said that the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of both sides can play an effective role in enhancing trade relations between the two countries.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the two countries would make progress on the modalities of a ‘Free Trade Agreement’, with the conclusion of which, trade and economic relations would expand considerably.

The Prime Minister also expressed the confidence that the Nepalese Government will soon finalize the outstanding MOUs in the areas of Extradition, Air Services, trade, mutual legal assistance, drugs trafficking and education.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan will continue to offer scholarships in medicine and engineering to the bright Nepalese students.