Pakistan-Egypt Must Enhance Their Engagements on Political, Economic and Socio-Cultural Fronts

Islamabad: The Acting President Farooq H. Naek, has stressed the need for further strengthening multi-faceted bilateral relations between Egypt and Pakistan. He said, “we highly value our relationship with Egypt which are based on shared religion, culture, history and commonality of views between two brotherly nations”.

He appreciated the assistance offered by Egypt during 2010 and 2011 floods in Pakistan. The Acting President was expressing these views while talking to Mr. Said Hindam, Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt who called upon him in Parliament House here today.

Naek emphasized the need for enhanced cooperation in various fields via encouraging people to people contacts and exchange of delegations at Parliamentary and other levels. Egyptian Envoy briefed Naek about upcoming elections in Egypt on 28th November and elections of Shura Council to be held on 29th November, 2011.

He added that holding of first elections in country after Egyptian revolution is matter of pride for every Egyptian and we want to continue with the democratic process. He informed Naek that election will be held in transparent, fair and free manner. Naek said, “worst form of democracy is better than best dictatorship” and it is a slow process which requires time to take root. Reciprocating the Ambassador said that we can learn from each other‘s experiences in this connection.

The Acting President stressed the need for enhancing economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. Egyptian Ambassador apprised Naek regarding recent agreement on economic and technical cooperation signed between the two countries and Egyptian Foreign Minister with his delegation will be shortly visiting Pakistan for exploring various dimensions of cooperation.

The Ambassador also added that we will be looking for imports of both primary and manufactured goods from Pakistan as well as scope of investment in Pakistan. He said that in addition five training courses in fighting tuberculosis for Pakistani candidates are being offered by Egypt.

The Ambassador conveyed his desire to form and strengthen Pakistani-Egyptian friendship group. The Acting President expressed similar sentiments and said that Egyptian-Pakistani Parliamentary friendship group has been formed in Senate and Parliamentary Relations be strengthened so that we can share and learn from each other vis-à-vis legislative business.

At the end, the Acting President prayed for peace, prosperity and success for Egypt in comity of nations. The Egyptian envoy reciprocated the similar sentiments and well wishes for Pakistan.

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