Pakistan, Iran have deep rooted friendly relations: CM
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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Iran have deep rooted friendly relations and there is unanimity of views between the two countries on different issues while their people are bound together in strong bonds of love and brotherhood.
He said that bilateral ties between Iran and Pakistan can be further strengthened through promotion of economic cooperation. He said that Punjab government is fully encouraging foreign investment in the province.
He was talking to Iranian Consul General Mohammad Hossein Baniasadi during a meeting, here today. Provincial Minister for Food Ch. Abdul Ghafoor, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Secretaries of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation departments and representatives of Punjab Investment Board were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that Pakistan's relations with brotherly Islamic country of Iran span over centuries and Iranian language and literature as well as culture and civilization have left a deep impact on Pakistani society and social setup. He said that Pakistan's national language Urdu also owes a lot to Persian language.
He said that after independence in 1947, Iran was the first country to recognize Pakistan at the diplomatic level and the long history of fraternal relations between the two countries is marked by love and sincerity between the people of the two countries.
He said that in order to benefit from the economic opportunities and expansion of modern technology it is essential that quality education should be promoted for preparing the youths to meet the future challenges. He said that Punjab government is pursuing the policy of maximum investment in education sector for developing human resource on modern lines.
He said that this policy will result in availability of experts to the country in different sectors. The Chief Minister further said that infrastructure is being developed in Punjab with foreign cooperation and the work on metro bus service project of international standard is being carried out expeditiously.
He said that the scope of this project of public importance will be extended to other big cities of the province as well. He said that a favourable environment for foreign investment exists in Punjab and entrepreneurs are being provided necessary facilities and guidance through Punjab Investment Board. He said that all out facilities are being offered for foreign investment in energy, livestock, agriculture, information technology and other sectors and Iranian investors should take full benefit of these opportunities.
He said that a modern slaughter house has been set up in Punjab and the food requirements of Iranian people can be met through the fresh and healthy Hilal meat packed under hygienic principles at the slaughter house equipped with modern technology and facilities.
Shahbaz Sharif further said that public welfare projects are being completed expeditiously in the province which have raised the living standard of the people and paved the way for rapid economic development.
He said that exchange of students, people and cultural delegations will promote bilateral relations between Iran and Pakistan.
Iranian Consul General Mohammad Hossein Baniasadiwhile expressing his satisfaction over the strong relationship between Punjab province and Iran in different sectors said that economic cooperation between the two countries will be further promoted. He said that President of Tehran Chambers of Commerce will visit Lahore in July to explore new possibilities of economic cooperation between Punjab province and Iran.
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