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Pakistan and Albania have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in economic, trade and cultural fields.

The understanding came at a meeting between the President Mamnoon Hussain with his Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani on the sidelines of centenary celebrations of Canakkale battles at Istanbul in Turkey today.

President Mamnoon Hussain also offered to provide higher education and training facilities to Albania.

He said that high level contacts are necessary for maintaining and expanding friendly relations between Pakistan and Albania.

The President said that Pakistan values its relations with Albania which are marked by goodwill and cordiality and expressed confidence that the relations between the two countries will grow stronger in the years ahead.

Mamnoon Hussain said that parliamentary relations are an important pillar of bilateral relations. He said a Pakistan - Albania Parliamentary Friendship Group already exists in Pakistan's National Assembly and we look forward to the formation of a similar group in Albanian Parliament.

The President stated that the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries is below potential and called for exploring ways and means to further expand it. He underscored that bilateral trade can be enhanced further with greater interaction between the Chamber of Commerce of the two countries.

The President emphasized that both countries need to work on establishing institutional framework and linkages to further the bilateral cooperation. He underlined the need to work toward increasing bilateral collaboration through cultural and people to people contacts.

The President said that negative propaganda is being carried out against Islam and called upon all Muslim countries to take collective measures to address the situation.

Albanian President Bujar Nishani said that people of Albania consider Pakistan a sincere friend and Albania desires expansion of bilateral relations with Pakistan.  He said that Pakistan could take advantage form Albania's expertise in textile, tourism, mining, energy and agriculture sectors.

President Mamnoon Hussain also conveyed the sentiments of solidarity of the people of Pakistan with the Albanian people on the recent floods that caused widespread damage and displacements.

President of Albania also extended invitation to his Pakistani counterpart to visit Albania and a similar offer was made by President Mamnoon Hussain to Albanian President.


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