Ambassador of Sweden and France paid farewell call on the President

Islamabad: Ambassador of Sweden, Ms. Ulrika Sundberg, and Ambassador of France Mr. Daniel Jouanneau Paul Henry, separately, paid farewell call on the President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr today.

The President while talking to the Ambassadors lauded their valuable services for further strengthening bilateral relations of Pakistan with their respective countries. He said that on behalf of people of Pakistan he was thankful to them for their valuable services and contributions especially at a time when natural calamities had added to the difficulties of people already suffering the burden of ongoing war against militants.

Hoping that the pace of cooperation in various areas especially in economic area would be further accelerated in future, the President said that Pakistan attaches great importance towards its relations with France and Sweden. He hoped that the two countries would continue supporting Pakistan’s bid for better access to the European market.

Highlighting geo-strategic location as well as importance of the country for regional stability and peace, the President said that the country was undergoing a crucial phase of fighting and neutralizing militant mindset by focusing on socio-economic development of the people especially in those areas where the militant mindset could potentially find conducive environment for their recruitment and other activities.

He said that Pakistan’s plea for more trade than aid was aimed at creating new economic opportunities for the unemployed and disgruntled youth thus automatically defeating the militancy.

The President also appreciated their experience in the field of diplomacy and wished them success in their future life.

Ambassador Ulrika Sundberg and Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau thanked the President for meeting and assured that their countries would continue to support people of Pakistan in their quest for better future and security.

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