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Bangladeshi and Australian High Commissioners call on National Assembly Speaker

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Islamabad: The High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mr. Suhrab Hossain and High Commissioner of Australia Mr. Timothy Spenser George separately called on Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza, in the Parliament House, today.

Reaffirming the enduring Pak-Bangladesh relations, the Speaker said that the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh would remain warm and very special since both the countries share common religion, culture and history. She said that present Pakistani leadership has firm resolve and keen desire to reinvigorate the existing bilateral ties. She said that the fraternal relations between two sides have progressed over the years and both the countries are closely cooperating at the regional and international fora with the aim of promoting peace and stability and well being of the people of the region.

She stressed for enhancing present relationship of the two countries to a genuinely meaningful level through parliamentary cooperation, people-to-people contact and ties between business communities of both the countries. She said that Pakistan needs to benefit from the experiences of Bangladesh in disaster management, women empowerment, family planning, child mortality and education.

Mr. Suhrab Hossain, Bangladeshi High Commissioner of Bangladesh acknowledged the sentiments of Speaker and 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 opportunities and potential for mutual cooperation between two brotherly countries were immense and very promising; therefore, his government was keen to benefit. The High Commissioner presented an invitation letter to the Speaker to attend International Autism Conference being held in Dhaka in July this year.

Talking to the Australian High Commissioner, the Speaker said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Australia and was keen to further strengthen them through parliamentary cooperation and people-to-people and economic contacts. She said that Pakistan was facing challenges like terrorism, illiteracy, poverty and energy shortages which could be met with the cooperation of international community.

The Speaker said that the new Parliament consisted of the members having moderate, progressive and enlightened outlook and was working for betterment of masses. She underlined the need for enhanced interaction between the Parliamentarians of the two countries especially the women MPs and Standing Committees. The Speaker said that there was possibility of wide range of cooperation, particularly agriculture and industrial sectors that needed to be exploited.

Mr. Timothy Spenser George, the Australian Commissioner said that his government also attaches great importance to its relations and was keen to further strengthen them through interaction in diverse fields. He said that Australia was committed to support and strengthen the present democratic setup in Pakistan. He said that his government is convinced that a stable and prosperous Pakistan was in the interest of the world.

He said that his government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to carry out a development program in different parts of Pakistan focusing on health, education, creating employment opportunities and infrastructure development. He also presented an invitation to Madam Speaker on behalf of Speaker Australian National Assembly to visit Australia.

The Speaker accepted the invitation and said that she would visit Australia on the date mutually agreed between the two parliaments.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
Fax: +9251 922 1106

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