Pakistan, Maldives resolve to further expand bilateral ties
Maldivian President says Pakistan has always proved as reliable friend of his country.
Pakistan and Maldives has expressed their resolve to further expand bilateral cooperation and deepen their ties in diverse fields.
This was stated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Maldivian President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom while addressing a joint news conference after holding talks in Islamabad on Thursday.
Both the leaders expressed the confidence that this visit will help lead to open new avenues of bilateral cooperation.
The Prime Minister said there is commonality of view among the two countries on major international and regional issue and our friendship is based on mutual respect and understanding for the benefit of our peoples.
He said we both the sides reviewed whole aspect of bilateral ties and focused expanding cooperation in the fields of defence and tourism He said both the sides also focused on regular exchange of delegations and visits on higher level besides promoting people to people contacts.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan is a peace loving country and intends to have good and cordial relations with all its neighbors.
He hoped that the memorandum of understanding signed on Thursday (May 7) will help further increasing our cooperation.
The Maldivian President in his remarks said Pakistan has always proved as reliable friend of his country and extended all possible assistance to deal with tsunami.
He said bilateral relations in defence, infrastructure and human resource have been expanded and hoped that mutual cooperation in other fields will also be increased in result of his visit. He termed his visit as opening of new era of cooperation between the two countries. He extended invitation to visit Maldives and participate in Independence Day celebrations.
Earlier, both the countries signed four MoUs which include strengthening mechanism to stop illicit drug trafficking and enhancing cooperation in the fields of education, health and sports.
The Prime Minister also hosted luncheon in honor of the Maldivian President.
Maldivian President has now left Pakistan after completing his two-day visit.
Advisor to the Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz and Commerce Minister Khurram Dastigir bade farewell to him at the Noor Khan Air base.