Islamabad: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stressed the need for strengthening of Parliamentary relations between Pakistan and Slovakia.

He added that economic ties will also get a boost by enhancing parliamentary interaction. The Speaker was talking to Mr. Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy Prime Minister of Slovak Republic in Parliament House on Monday.

The Speaker said that relations between Pakistan and Slovakia are based on mutual goodwill and understanding as well as converging views on important global issues.

He said that Pakistan acknowledges Slovak support on international forums. He said that mutual understanding and cooperation will further strengthen relations between both the countries.

The Speaker said that democracy in Pakistan is fully entrenched and the present government is committed to the welfare of its people. He said that present parliament comprise of progressive forces and were on same page on issues concerning masses. He said that government was focused on revival of economy, overcoming energy shortages, eradicating extremism and promoting human rights.

He thanked Slovakia for its support to Pakistan for attaining GSP+ status in EU. He stressed the need for further enhancing interaction between business communities of both the countries which would be mutually benefited. He urged the Slovak business community to take advantage of investment friendly policies in Pakistan.

Mr. Miroslav Lajcak appreciated Speaker’s remarks and said that his country also attaches importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further strengthen it though diversification of economic and parliamentary ties.

He said that he is accompanied by a delegation of tradesmen and would meet Pakistani business community for exploring avenues of possible cooperation. He said his country acknowledges Pakistan’s sacrifice in fight against terrorism and extremism.

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