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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today received a delegation of Canadian Parliamentarians headed by MP Ms. Yasmin Ratansi at Prime Minister’s Office. Pak High Commissioner in Canada Mr. Tariq Azim Khan, Canadian High Commissioner in Pakistan Mr. Perry John Calderwood and Ms. Romina Khursheed Aslam were present during the meeting.

The delegation comprised of Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Senator Diane F Griffin and MPs Mr. Terry Duguid, Mr. Robert Kitchen, Mr. Murray Rankin and Mr. Ramesh Sangha.

The Prime Minister welcomed the delegation to Pakistan and expressed the hope that their visit would further strengthen the existing Pak-Canada friendly relations and will provide momentum to the efforts aimed at forging greater cooperation in all areas of mutual interest including trade and promoting people-to-people contacts.

Talking to the delegation, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan is a country of great diversity carrying huge economic opportunities. He said that the resilient people of Pakistan have successfully fought war against terrorism, as a society, to secure peace not only for the country but the entire region. He said that the economy of the country has witnessed steady growth during recent years which is expected to reach 6% during the current financial year. The Prime Minister also highlighted positive impact of the CPEC project under One Belt One Road initiative towards socio-economic development of the region and enhancement of regional connectivity.

Discussing regional situation with the visiting delegation, the Prime Minister highlighted the efforts of Pakistan for the peace in neighboring Afghanistan. He also emphasized upon the need for resolution of the longstanding issue of Kashmir according to UN Security Council Resolutions for ensuring lasting peace in the region.

Thanking the Prime Minister for meeting, the delegation stated that the visit would help them developing better understanding of the country. Observing that a large Pakistani expatriate in Canada were serving as ‘ambassadors’ and a bridge to bring the two countries closer to each other, the delegation expressed keen desire to further strengthen Pak-Canada bilateral relations.

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