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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan attaches great importance to its ties with Australia and intends to enhance bilateral cooperation with it in diversified fields.

Talking to visiting Australian foreign Minister, Ms. Julie Bishop in Islamabad on Thursday he said both the countries enjoy close and cooperative relations in all fields and wish to strengthen them in the years to come.

 The Prime Minister said there are vast opportunities to increase bilateral cooperation as Pakistan's economy which is gaining momentum provides lucrative investment opportunities to the foreign investors.

He said Pakistan's industry is suffering because of lack of energy and the government is taking urgent steps to meet energy shortage. He expressed the confidence that power outages would be done away with during the tenure of this government.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan's economy has suffered badly at the hands of terrorism that is why we decided to launch an operation against terrorists which is going on very successfully and has almost eliminated their network, hideouts and sanctuaries. Those who kill innocent people do not deserve any mercy, he said.

The Prime Minister appreciated the support and cooperation of the Australian government including for the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs).

Australian Foreign Minister appreciated government's reform agenda which has resulted in economic growth and increased job opportunities across the country.

 

She said there is lot of potential that is yet to be realized, especially among the business communities of the two countries as well as exchange of high-level delegations, people to contact and parliamentary exchanges.

She thanked Pakistan for extending cooperation to Australia in important fields like counter terrorism, drug trafficking, trans-national crime, human smuggling and organized crime and wish to strengthen relations in these fields.

The Australian Foreign Minister said Australia hopes the initiatives taken by the Prime Minister would help improve relations between India and Pakistan leading to resolution of long outstanding disputes.

She also invited the Prime Minister to visit Australia at a time of his convenience proposing to bring along a business delegation so that the focus of the visit remains strengthening of economic and trade ties.


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