French president appreciates Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism


–French President Macron accepts PM Khan’s invitation


ISLAMABAD: French President Emmanuel Macron telephoned Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday where he recognised Pakistan’s struggle and sacrifices in the global war against terrorism.

The French leader congratulated PM Khan on his party’s election victory and for assuming the office of Prime Minister.

French President Macron stressed the importance of deepening bilateral political dialogue. He expressed the desire to cooperate in the fields of energy, water resource management, trade, and economy and to work together on issues of mutual interest at the global level.

He appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism and recognised the high price paid by Pakistan dealing with this menace. In this context, he condoled the July terrorist incidents in Pakistan.

In return, PM Khan thanked the French president for his call. He expressed the desire for further developing bilateral relations with France into a mutually beneficial, broad-based and long-term partnership.

The premier added that trade and investment ties between Pakistan and France were growing and appreciated the presence of a large number of French companies in Pakistan. He invited more French investment into Pakistan.

PM Khan briefed the French President on the regional situation, especially the importance of a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan, and on the relations with India.

He underscored the need for the resumption of the comprehensive dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He referred to the sad plight of Kashmiris facing massive human rights violations and the need for the international community to play its role to mitigate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people.

PM Khan invited President Macron to visit Pakistan which the French leader accepted.