Pakistan values ‘deep-rooted’ ties with EU: Ayaz Sadiq


ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with the European Union (EU), which are deep-rooted in bonds of friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding on various issues.

He said this while talking to Ambassador of EU to Pakistan Jean-Francois Cautain, who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Monday.

The speaker appreciated EU’s support for the strengthening of democratic process and institutions in Pakistan. He added that political leadership of Pakistan envisions a long-term strategic partnership with EU with special emphasis on strengthening of economic and trade partnership, peace and security and parliamentary cooperation.

“We are standing parallel in the row that commits to the pursuit of democracy, economic development, global peace, particularly in South Asia,” Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said. He also mentioned that today, many Pakistanis have found a home in Europe and are valued members of their societies, while some of them are represented in their parliaments.

EU Ambassador Jean-Francois Cautain appreciated the remarks of the speaker and said that the EU would continue its unwavering support to Pakistan for the development of infrastructure, gender equality, education and health.

He also assured the speaker for assistance to the parliament for the capacity building of parliamentarians and secretarial staff.