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President for further consolidating brotherly relations with Syria

Islamabad : President Dr Arif Alvi has called for further consolidating the existing brotherly relations between Pakistan and Syria, promoting people-to-contacts and establishing linkages between the private and public institutions of the two countries. He added that the potential of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Syria should be fully realized for the mutual benefit of both brotherly countries.

The President gave these remarks during a meeting with the Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Syria, Air Marshal (Retd) Shahid Akhtar, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today.

Talking to the Ambassador-designate, the President said that Pakistan accorded high priority to its relations with all Muslim countries, including Syria, adding that cultural, religious and historical ties bound the people of the two countries together. He also emphasized the need for frequent exchange of business, trade and investment delegations between the two countries to evaluate each other’s strengths and identify complementarities for further boosting the relations.

The President urged the need to expedite the implementation of the MoU on the establishment of a Joint Working Group on Trade and Economic Affairs. He further advised the Ambassador-designate to remain in close contact with the Syrian authorities for the successful implementation of the Zaireen Policy and also expedite the process of signing an MoU between the two countries regarding Cooperation in the Sphere of Zaireen Hospitality.

The President said that Pakistan could offer online courses and educational packages of Allama Iqbal Open University and the Virtual University of Pakistan in various disciplines both in online and recorded forms for providing quality education to Syrian students.

The President said that as Syria was entering a reconstruction stage, Pakistan could help the Syrian people in their reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts through collaboration in various sectors, including trade, commerce & industry, and exporting goods and services to Syria to help them in their reconstruction efforts.

The President also asked the Ambassador-designate to convey his good wishes to the Syrian President during his meeting with him.

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