Islamabad, January 31, 2014 (PPI-OT): Republic of Korea and Pakistan have agreed to further strengthen existing bilateral relation through enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation. This was agreed between Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker National Assembly and Mr. Kang Chang Hee, Speaker of the National Assembly of Republic of Korea in a meeting held in Parliament House, this afternoon. The Korean Speaker was accompanied by a 19-member parliamentary delegation.
Talking to his Korean counterpart, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relation with Korea and strongly desires to further strengthen them through parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said that Korea has achieved remarkable economic and industrial progress which owes to the relentless and sagacious Korean leadership.
He said that Korea and Pakistan has been economic partner since decades which needs to be further diversified. He stressed that Korean business community should take benefit of the massive economic opportunities in Pakistan in fields of industrial manufacturing, infrastructure, education, energy, agriculture and services sectors. He said that Korean investors should bring in capital in Scientific and Technological Research and Development sectors.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that parliamentarians of both the countries could play an important role in bringing both the nations more closer. He said that Pak-Korea Friendship Group has been constituted in National Assembly of Pakistan which would be an important platform for achieving greater mutual understanding and exchange of experiences. He underlined the need for frequent exchange of parliamentary delegation from either side. He suggest for cooperation for capacity building of Legislators and legislative support staff. The Speaker also sought Korean support for the Pakistan’s Candidate for Secretary Generalship of IPU, Ms. Shazia Rafi.
Mr. Kang Chang Hee agreed with his Pakistani counterpart and said that Korea also considers Pakistan one of its close friends and economic partner. He said that his visit to Pakistan has provided him and his colleagues an opportunity to discuss new vistas of cooperation besides strengthening of the bonds of fraternity and brotherhood between Pakistan and Korea.
He said that parliamentary interaction could bring both the nation more closer as well as providing opportunities to either side for exchange of views and experiences. He said that Korean investors were keen to take part in the economic activity in Pakistan and assured all-out Korean support to Pakistan at regional and international forums.
The Korean Speaker also assured his support to the Pakistani Candidate for post of IPU Secretary General. Earlier, Deputy Speaker welcomed the Korean Speaker and his delegation on their arrival at Parliament House. Later on, Speaker National Assembly hosted a luncheon in honour of his Korean Counterpart and the accompanying delegation.
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