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October 11, 2012

Pakistan deems UK genuine development partner: Zardari

World

AFP
October 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the UK as a friend and a genuine development partner.
The president expressed these views while talking to the British Member of Parliament, former UK Foreign Secretary David Wright Miliband, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Pak-UK bilateral relations, regional situation and matters of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting.The president appreciated the valuable contributions of David Miliband, during his tenure as Foreign Secretary.
The president said that with our friendly relations based on mutual respect, trust and cooperation, there was a need to undertake concerted efforts for translating the strength of our equation into economic terms and to achieve the mutual trade targets set under Pakistan-UK Trade and Investment Roadmap.
Discussing the regional situation, he said that Pakistan has abiding interest in peace and stability of neighbouring Afghanistan and would continue to support Afghan-owned and Afghan led reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
David Miliband thanked the president for meeting and appreciated the sacrifices of the people of Pakistan in the war against militants.UK High Commissioner Adam Thomson and Secretary General to the President M Salman Faruqui were also present during the meeting.
Meanwhile, President Wednesday said that the government was committed towards creating a conducive environment for the economic activities to flourish and was undertaking every possible effort to make the country an attractive destination for the investors.
Talking to a delegation of Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), headed by Ambassador Benedicto V Yujuico, President of the Confederation, who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said that Pakistan considers regional trade integration as a major tool for socio-economic development of the region and in this

regard the CACCI can play crucial role in promoting greater coordination among chambers of commerce, business associations and enterprises in Asia and Western Pacific.
The delegation members thanked the president for meeting and assured their continuous support to the country and Pakistani businessmen in their efforts to extend their business ventures.
The CACCI delegation included Mrs. Teresita M. Yujuico, Li Kwok Ming of Kowloon Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Webster W. Kiang, Adviser CACCI, Amador R. Honrado, Jr., Deputy Director-General of CACCI and Ms. Thea Berandette De Mesa, Special Assistant to the President CACCI.