Pak keen to ex­plore busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties with Iran: PM

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Mon­day said that Pak­istan was keen to ex­plore all avail­able busi­ness and trade op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. He was talk­ing to Me­hdi Honar­doost, Am­bas­sador of Iran, who called on him here at the Prime Min­is­ter House. The Prime Min­is­ter said re­vival of econ­omy and overcoming the en­ergy deficit in Pak­istan were the pri­or­ity ar­eas of his govern­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif Mon­day said the govern­ment was pro-ac­tively pur­su­ing the agenda of bring­ing re­forms in dif­fer­ent sec­tors for the wel­fare of masses. The Prime Min­is­ter ex­pressed th­ese views in his sep­a­rate meet­ings with par­lia­men­tar­i­ans Mir Dostain Khan Domki, Bi­lal Virk and Nawabzada Mazhar here at the PM House. The Prime Min­is­ter said all de­vel­op­ment and wel­fare schemes were fo­cused to im­prove the liv­ing stan­dard of peo­ple across the coun­try.

He said the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans could earn the trust of masses through ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of serv­ing the peo­ple. The par­lia­men­tar­i­ans lauded the Prime Min­is­ter for lead­ing the coun­try in dif­fi­cult times and suc­cess­fully overcoming nu­mer­ous chal­lenges. They men­tioned that Pak­istan's se­cu­rity and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion had greatly im­proved dur­ing the term of the present govern­ment.

The par­lia­men­tar­i­ans said ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment projects in­clud­ing mass-tran­sit sys­tems and roads net­works had eased the dif­fi­cul­ties of the com­mon man to a great ex­tent. They said the sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment of se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try had cre­ated a new hope and ap­prised the Prime Min­is­ter on is­sues per­tain­ing to de­vel­op­ment schemes in their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies.

PM Nawaz Sharif on Mon­day also lauded the ser­vices and con­tri­bu­tion made by the out­go­ing Am­bas­sador of Ar­gen­tine Rodolfo Martin J Sarawia, who he said, `shared our joys and sor­rows.'

Ad­dress­ing the farewell re­cep­tion in honor of the out­go­ing diplo­mat, the Prime Min­is­ter said dur­ing his ten­ure, Rodolfo J Martin made un­tir­ing ef­forts to strengthen the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and Ar­gen­tine. He made many friends here and apart from his du­ties, he was an ex­tra­or­di­nary mem­ber of the diplo­matic corp, he added.

The Prime Min­is­ter said in recog­ni­tion of the out­go­ing am­bas­sador's mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vices, the Govern­ment of Pak­istan con­ferred on him Hi­lal-ePak­istan, coun­try's high­est civil award. The Prime Min­is­ter ex­tended his grat­i­tude and fe­lic­i­ta­tions to the mem­bers of the diplo­matic corp in­clud­ing the wives of the di­plo­mats for striv­ing to fur­ther strengthen the ties be­tween Pak­istan and their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

He said Pak­istan val­ued the com­mit­ment of the for­eign di­plo­mats to bring their coun­tries closer to Pak­istan. He also ap­pre­ci­ated the mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vices of Su­sana Martin, the spouse of the out­go­ing am­bas­sador, who also played her in­dis­pens­able part to fur­ther ce­ment the bi­lat­eral ties. Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif said his govern­ment, par­tic­u­larly the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs was al­ways com­mit­ted to keep its door open to the diplo­matic corps and wished the di­plo­mats a pro­duc­tive and com­fort­able stay in Pak­istan.

He also wished the out­go­ing am­bas­sador the best for his fu­ture en­deav­ors and con­veyed his sin­cere wishes to their fam­i­lies as well as their re­spec­tive heads of the state.

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