SEOUL: Pakistan and South Korea on Wednesday agreed to further expand their bilateral relations and enhanced cooperation in different fields.
The agreement was reached during a meeting of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his South Korean counterpart Kim Hwang-Sik. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar also attended the meeting. Both the prime ministers discussed various options to further enhance their bilateral relations in the fields of infrastructure, education, human resources, mining, manpower and hydal. The South Korean prime minister told Gilani that his visit would take bilateral relations of the two countries to a new level.
Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan would also look into the aspects to ensure more facilities to the Korean investors in Pakistan who had already invested in different projects. He said the Board of Investment chairman had been asked to provide more facilities to the Korean investors. Both the leaders agreed that they would utilise the available potential in all fields to further enhance bilateral relations and promote people-to-people and business-to-business ties. Appreciating efforts and arrangements for successfully holding the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), Prime Minister Gilani congratulated the South Korean prime minister for this achievement.
He said the platform of NSS provided a chance to the world leaders to exchange views and it proved a meaningful summit.
The South Korean prime minister thanked Prime Minister Gilani for his substantial contribution to the summit. He said the NSS also provided a chance to Gilani to meet many world leaders, including US President Obama and leaders of Jordan, Turkey and Vietnam. Gilani, while referring to the Pakistanis working in South Korea, said they were contributing to the economy of both the countries and playing a vital role in promoting bilateral and friendly relations between the two countries.
Gilani also offered to hold Ghandara exhibition to project the ancient culture, which had attraction for the South Koreans due to their religious affiliation. He also referred to his meetings with leading South Korean companies to discuss various options to promote investment in Pakistan.
Gilani told his South Korean counterpart that these companies were very enthusiastic to increase their investment in Pakistan. The South Korean prime minister told Gilani that Korean companies had experience and an edge in carrying out road, rail and hydro projects, adding that their experience could be beneficial to Pakistan's development. Referring to progress made by South Korea in the last 50 years in different fields, the Korean prime minister said his country was ready to share the experience of his government for the benefit of Pakistan.
Gilani thanked the South Korean government for extending assistance and help to Pakistan during floods and the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. The South Korean prime minister told Gilani that his country looked forward to the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari. Separately, addressing a delegation of Pakistan Business Association South Korea, Gilani said there was no political prisoner in Pakistan. He said the majority of leaders in the political history of Pakistan had been running the country by sending their opponents to jails. The prime minister said that he would see parliament completing its tenure “whether political opponents extend their support or not”.
Gilani said the present government had granted the right of vote to overseas Pakistanis, which would provide them with an opportunity to take part in the country's politics and the decision-making process. He praised expatriates for sending “billions of dollars” in remittances to Pakistan. The prime minister said despite the global recession, “the economy of Pakistan has moved in the right direction as Pakistan's reserves are more than $17 billion”. The stock exchange had crossed the figure of 13,500 points, and tax revenue collection had registered growth of 26 percent, he added. app
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