Australian and South Korean Envoys call on President

Karachi: The High Commissioner of Australia Timothy Spencer George and South Korean Ambassador in Pakistan Choi Chung Thoog Joo today separately called on President Asif Ali Zardari in Bilawal House Karachi.

Bilateral relations were discussed during the meetings with envoys of the two countries.

Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that talking to the Australian High Commissioner the President highlighted the devastation caused by the floods in Sindh and the huge damage it had inflicted on the agriculture.

The Australian High Commissioner said that he will take up with his government the matter of providing sunflower seed on an urgent basis to help the farmers in Sindh sow sunflower in the coming season in November. The President called for increased trade and commerce between the two countries.

Talking to the Korean Ambassador the President invited Korean companies to invest in Pakistan in building small dams and a modern irrigation system.

The President suggested that the two countries seriously consider starting barter trade and a currency swap agreement to facilitate trading in local currency. The President said that the world was passing through a phase of recession and it offered a great opportunity to Pakistan and Korea to work together for stimulating their respective markets through currency swap agreement and barter trade for mutual benefit.

Devastation caused by floods in Sindh also came under discussion. The supply by South Korea of mosquito repellents, mosquito nets and tents for use in flood affected areas, which Pakistan has already indented, also came under discussion in the meeting, Farhatullah Babar said.

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