Pakistan supports Iraq’s territorial integrity: Gilani
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday said Pakistan fully supports sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Iraq and welcomes the agreement amongst leadership of Iraq on forming the new government in the wake of general elections held in March this year.
He wished every success to the Iraqi new government and the people and expressed his firm belief that a peaceful, stable and prosperous Iraq would not only benefit its people but would also contribute towards the peace and security in the region.
The Prime Minister was talking to Dr. Rushdi Mahmood Rasheed, Ambassador of Iraq who called on him in the PM's House this afternoon to deliver a cheque of US$ 10 million on behalf of his government for the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of the government in the flood affected areas.
The Prime Minister conveyed his profound appreciation to the leadership and people of Iraq for their generous contributions and stated that this donation will certainly help mitigate the sufferings and pains of the flood stricken people in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister while underlining the need for expansion and diversification of existing trade and economic cooperation with Iraq in multifaceted fields said that the concerned stakeholders in Pakistan like BOI and Ministry of Commerce will be asked to interact with the Ambassador of Iraq to find new ways and means to make progress in these important fields.
The Ambassador extended an invitation to the Prime Minister on behalf of his government for his official visit to Iraq in the near future.
The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and stated that the timeframe of the visit would be decided through coordination between the two Foreign Offices.
The Ambassador of Iraq lauded the contributions of Pakistan's labour force and companies in the reconstruction of war ravaged areas of Iraq and expressed the hope that a higher number of Pakistani manpower and firms would participate in the reconstruction of infrastructure and development of Iraq.
The Prime Minister welcomed the proposal and assured the Ambassador of Pakistan's full cooperation in the regard.
Moreover, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has reiterated the commitment of his government to take all measures to eradicate corruption from the public institutions to ensure good governance.
The government of Pakistan Peoples Party, the Prime Minister said was trying to solve the problems of the people, by promoting the culture of good governance. -App