ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday urged the Pakistani high commissioners and ambassadors to truly highlight the Kashmir dispute and the Indian oppression.
He was talking to ambassador-designate to Hungary Muhammad Aejaz who called on him. The president said Pakistan will always condemn the blatant human rights violationa in occupied Kashmir at the hands of fascist Indian regime and will always stand by the Kashmiri brethren.
President Alvi said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Hungary and was keen to further enhance these relations both at the bilateral level as well as in the context of EU.
However, he said that the current volume of bilateral trade between the two countries does not commensurate to the true potential. Therefore, there was a dire need to diversify the bilateral trade. he added.
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He further said that Pakistan offered a range of opportunities for investment, especially in energy, agriculture & food processing, and pharmaceuticals, hence the ambassador-designate must make efforts to promote Pakistan’s economic and commercial interests in Hungary and utilise existing institutional mechanisms.
The president highlighted that Pakistan’s location at the cross roads of South, Central and West Asia made it a good strategic and economic partner for Hungary especially in the context of Hungarian policy of “Eastern Opening”.
He also appreciated that the Hungarian petroleum company Magyar Oil Limited (MOL) was doing profitable business in Pakistan and ambassador-designate should encourage other Hungarian companies to follow MOL’s success model in Pakistan.
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While referring to the government’s efforts towards the promotion and development of tourism and archaeological heritage of Pakistan, the president directed the ambassador-designate to encourage exchange of tourist and people-to-people contacts between the two sides. He also appreciated Hungarian government’s initiative of offering 200 scholarships to Pakistani students.
He emphasised that the ambassador must keep a close liaison with the Pakistani community in order to resolve their issues efficiently and efficiently. He wished ambassador-designate success for his new assignment and hoped that he will work to the best of his abilities for enhancing relations between the two countries.