PR No. 217Ambassador Jillani, Maliha Lodhi Call On Iahaq Dar Islamabad: December 22, 2015

Ambassador of Pakistan in USA, Jalil Abbas Jillani called on Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Tuesday.

They discussed follow up action on decisions taken during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to USA with particular focus on enhancing economic and trade relations between the two countries.

They exchanged views on Pakistan’s active participation in the recently held conference in Paris on the issue of climate change, a subject which received due focus during Prime Minister’s US visit.

The Minister while appreciating Ambassador Jillani’s dedication and resolve to further the cause of Pak-US relations added that Pak-US economic relations have grown from strength to strength but continue to be characterized by vast untapped potential. There is need to act towards strengthening this important component of relationship as was resolved between President Barak Obama and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during the Prime Minister’s visit. He emphasized that due focus be laid on the meeting of Pak-US Working Group on finance and economic cooperation due early next year and hoped it would help strengthen bilateral economic ties.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi also paid a courtesy call on Finance Minister. She apprised the Finance Minister about her efforts to positively project Pakistan’s standpoint on various issues of national and international significance at the forum of UN. She particularly mentioned the issue of Kashmir and Pakistan’s continued efforts to eradicate the menace of militancy which had received international recognition.

Minister Dar appreciated her efforts for highlighting the Kashmiris cause at the UN. He said the government is now also focused on rehabilitation of the temporarily displaced persons and hopes for the international community to lend us due support in the matter.