Khar calls for op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion of ac­cords to make D-8 vi­brant

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IS­LAM­ABAD

For­eign Min­is­ter Hina Rab­bani Khar has called for early op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion of pref­er­en­tial trade‚ visa and cus­toms agree­ments to bol­ster eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion among the mem­ber coun­tries of D-8.

She was ad­dress­ing the meet­ing of D-8 Coun­cil of Min­is­ters here on Wed­nes­day. She said a mech­a­nism should be evolved for greater in­ter­ac­tion amongst the pri­vate sec­tor of the D-8 coun­tries to tap the true po­ten­tial of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion.

She said con­sis­tent ef­forts need to be made to make the pri­vate sec­tor cat­a­lyst of growth. Keep­ing in view the im­por­tance of the pri­vate sec­tor‚ Pak­istan has in­vited busi­ness­men and ex­hibitors of the mem­ber coun­tries to par­tic­i­pate in the D-8 ex­hi­bi­tion.

She hoped this will help forge busi­ness link­ages be­tween the mem­ber states. She said the mem­ber coun­tries should col­lec­tively make ef­forts to strengthen the secretariat of D-8 to truly serve the in­ter­ests of peo­ples and achieve the ob­jec­tives of the forum.

She said in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion agen­cies and trade bod­ies should reg­u­larly hold meet­ings to mon­i­tor the progress of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion.

The For­eign Min­is­ter said Pak­istan of­fered lu­cra­tive in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to the for­eign busi­ness­men in the ar­eas of en­ergy‚ com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture and agri­cul­ture. She said the D-8 Sum­mit is be­ing held at a time when the demo­cratic gov­ern­ment in Pak­istan is about to com­plete its stip­u­lated term.

She said democ­racy is es­sen­tial to at­tain the ob­jec­tives of de­vel­op­ment and wel­fare of the peo­ple.

Hina Rab­bani Khar said Pak­istan be­lieved in sta­ble and peace­ful neigh­bor­hood to achieve re­gional pros­per­ity. She said Pak­istan be­lieved in an afghan led and afghan owned rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process. She said :we are also en­gaged with In­dia to re­solve all the out­stand­ing is­sues in­clud­ing the core is­sue of Jammu and Kash­mir.” On the oc­ca­sion‚ the for­eign min­is­ter also strongly con­demned the Is­raeli ag­gres­sion on Pales­tini­ans. Ear­lier‚ the Nige­rian For­eign Min­is­ter handed over the Chair­man­ship of Coun­cil of Min­is­ters to For­eign Min­is­ter Hina Rab­bani Khar. Nige­rian For­eign Min­is­ter said a strong foun­da­tion of co­op­er­a­tion has been laid and hoped that this march to­wards greater eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion will continue.

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