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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

Pak PM to visit Greece, Libya, Morocco and Egypt from May 14-21

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 12 May, ( Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will visit Greece, Libya and Morocco, besides representing Pakistan at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East from May 14-21 in Egypt.

Accompanied by members of the cabinet, senior officials and a delegation of businessmen the Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will discuss measures to further strengthen bilateral, economic and political ties with world leaders.

On the first leg of his visit he will arrive at Athens on May 14. This will be the first official head of government's visit from Pakistan to Greece.

He will meet President Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, and address ELIAMEP, a Greek think tank.

Mr. Aziz will also meet prominent Greek businessmen and investors, Pakistani community in Greece and interact with print and electronic media.

An agreement on Tourism Cooperation between the two countries will also be signed during the visit.

Pakistan-Greece relations are characterized by mutual desire to expand cooperation in diverse fields.

A significant Pakistani community in Greece constitutes an important linkage between the two countries and the Prime Minister's visit will help enhance bilateral ties between the two countries, particularly in area of trade and investment.

The Pakistani Prime Minister on the second leg will visit Libya and Morocco from May 17-19.

Prime Minister's visit to these countries in Africa is part of the government's initiative to strengthen relations with African states and explore fresh avenues of bilateral cooperation particularly in economic and trade sectors.

In Libya, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Dr. Baghdadi Ali Al Mahmudi on bilateral relations, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

He will also meet Col. Muammar Al-Qaddafi, Leader of the Great Al-Fateh Revolution. He will discuss matters of bilateral and global interest and will convey Pakistan's appreciation for the generous assistance to earthquake victims in Pakistan and the pledge to help in rehabilitation efforts.

The Prime Minister shall also present the award of Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam to Saif Al Eslam M Al Qadhafi, President of Gaddafi Development Foundation in recognition of his commendable service in providing timely and assistance to the earthquake victims.

Pakistan-Libya relations are characterized by mutual goodwill, shared religious, cultural and historical ties.

The manifold commonalities between the two countries and peoples are reinforced by the strong resolve of their leadership to further intensify mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.

Avenues for intensifying two way trade and investment and increasing Pakistan's skilled labor force to assist Libya in its various development projects will be explored.

During his stay in Rabat, the Pakistani Prime Minister will have a meeting with King Hassan II and hold talks with Prime Minster Driss Jettou. A number of agreements shall also be signed between the two countries during the visit.

Morocco and Pakistan have always enjoyed close and fraternal relations, which are rooted in a common Islamic heritage.

Over the years, bilateral relations have been strengthened owing to similarity of views on issues of international importance and deep commitment of both the countries to the OIC.

Both in Libya and Morocco, the Prime Minister will meet members of the Pakistan community and apprise them on the policies of the government including the state of the economy, the steps taken to increase exports, efforts to create a tolerant and just society and strengthen democratic institutions.

Prime Minister Aziz will also represent Pakistan at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East on May 20-21 on the Promise of a New Generation at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The World Economic Forum will focus on challenges facing the region, shaping the regional agenda towards bold decisions that will provide hope and opportunity for young people.

Participants drawn from the highest level of government and business, as well as top experts and civil society representatives will attend the summit.

- Asian Tribune -

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