Pakistan and Bhutan vow to boost ties in trade, tourism
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19/03/11  ISLAMABAD -Pakistan and Bhutan on Saturday expressed resolve to further strengthen ties in all spheres, with a particular focus on trade and tourism.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and his Bhutanese counterpart Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley in around an hour-long exclusive and delegation level talks covered a whole range of bilateral issues besides regional situation.

Prime Minister Thinley who is here on a three day visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Gilani noted the important role Pakistan was playing in the region.

Gilani stressed the need to share information and good practices, by tapping into the huge potential of hydro power generation and natural disaster management.

He hoped that the good-will between the governments of Pakistan and Bhutan would be translated into substantive economic, commercial, investment, educational and cultural links.

Prime Minister Thinley underlined the great potential of cooperation and progress of the Saarc countries and welcomed Prime Minister Gilaniís strong commitment to take the Saarc process forward. He lauded Gilaniís contribution to engage India into a constructive dialogue for the peace, stability and prosperity of both countries and the region at large.

During the talks, Pakistan also offered Bhutan cooperation in education, human development and increased number of scholarships to Bhutan, particularly in medicine and engineering.

Gilani reiterated Pakistanís offer for training of Bhutanese diplomats at its Foreign Services Academy.

The two sides reaffirmed their resolve to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations through closer interaction at government and people to people levels.

Prime Minister Gilani said enhanced high-level political contacts would benefit the two countries and invited the Speaker of Bhutanese Parliament to visit Pakistan.


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