PR No. 108 Islamabad : June 14, 2016

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan enjoys friendly and cordial relationship with France adding in this regard that it is necessary to maintain close contacts with the French opinion and policy makers to further deepen the ties.

The President said this while talking to Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday.

President Mamnoon emphasized that responsibilities of ambassadors have increased manifold to protect national interests, project softer image of the country and hone their skills to address complex issues of the modern age. The President stated that France is playing an important role in international affairs and Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with it.

President Mamnoon said that France is a reliable partner assisting Pakistan in various sectors. He directed the Ambassador-designate to apprise the French Government, think tanks and other relevant institutions about Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices of the Pakistani people for elimination of terrorism.

President Mamnoon expressed Pakistan’s desire to build a broad based, substantive and long-term relationship with France in all fields including trade, investment, commercial, economic, defence, security, education and culture. He added that ample opportunities exist to further enhance bilateral trade between the two countries for which concerted efforts need to be made.

The President directed the Ambassador-designate to motivate French investors to invest in diverse areas especially renewable energy, communication and infrastructure by apprising them about investor friendly policies of Pakistan.

President Mamnoon emphasised upon the need for regular exchange of delegations in different fields of life to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. The President urged the Ambassador-designate to take effective measures for the welfare of Pakistani diaspora in France.