Mes­sage of Mr. Philippe Thiebaud, French Ambassador to Pak­istan.

The Diplomatic Insight - - Contents -

Dear Friends in Pak­istan and Friends of Pak­istan It is my plea­sure to share few words in the “Diplo­matic In­sight” on the oc­ca­sion of the National Day of France. Bastille Day on the 14th of July em­bod­ies the spirit of the French Rev­o­lu­tion and the univer­sal motto val­ues: Lib­erty, Equal­ity, Fra­ter­nity. Cel­e­brat­ing this day in Pak­istan is an op­por­tu­nity to re­mind our­selves of the im­por­tance of those prin­ci­ples as France places them at the heart of the French-Pak­istani col­lab­o­ra­tion. The France-Pak­istan bi­lat­eral It en­com­passes the eco­nomic and agri­cul­ture sec­tor, with more than 185 com­pa­nies hav­ing join the Pak­istanFrance Busi­ness Al­liance and 40 com­pa­nies de­vel­op­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties on the Pak­istani soil. It also cov­ers the fo­cus on need-based higher ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ships, and the en­ergy and wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion sec­tors, to­wards which the French De­vel­op­ment Agency, AFD, ded­i­cates most of its funds and ini­tia­tives in agree­ment with the Pak­istani govern­ment. In the past year, I have had the plea­sure to travel across the breath­tak­ing Pak­istani land­scape and wit­ness the dy­namism of the French-Pak­istani friend­ship. 2013 is an im­por­tant year in the his­tory of Pak­istan, not only did an elected Par­lia­ment peace­fully trans­ferred power to a newly demo­crat­i­cally elected govern­ment but we wit­nessed the vi­tal­ity of democ­racy and mo­ti­va­tion of the Pak­istani peo­ple, mas­sively mo­bi­lized to vote. France wel­comes and sup­ports the ex­changes be­tween Pak­istan and the Euro­pean des­ti­na­tion of Pak­istani ex­ports. France looks for­ward to con­tinue build­ing on this pos­i­tive co­op­er­a­tion along with its Pak­istani part­ners. France stands on the side of Pak­istan to achieve its goals and fur­ther de­vel­op­ment. *Courtesy by Em­bassy of French Repub­lic in Pak­istan.

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