President Zardari calls for early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement with Jordan

Amman: President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday called for early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement with Jordan by holding second round of talks soon in this connection.

He said this in meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan on sidelines of World Economic Forum meeting here. They discussed bilateral ties and regional situation. Zardari also called for early holding of 9th session of Joint Ministerial Commission.

He thanked Jordanian monarch for his country’s support to Pakistan’s election as non-permanent member of UN Security Council and relief assistance to flood victims in Sindh. “We attach great importance to ties with Jordan. There is great potential to further deepen ties particularly in economic field.” He invited King Abdullah and Queen Rania to visit Pakistan.

Zardari said Pakistan always supported legitimate cause of Palestinian people, recalled fundamental elements of policy as total withdrawal of Israel from all occupied Arab territories’ restitution of inalienable rights of Palestinian people including right to return to Palestine and establishment of independent homeland for Palestinians with Al-Quds Al Sharif as its capital. Pakistan supported peace for land offer made by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for achieving peace in the region.

He said Pakistan had taken principled position on developments in North Africa’ Middle East and the Gulf based on premise that sovereignty’ independence’ unity, territorial integrity of states should be respected and all should adhere to principle of non-intervention, non-interference. Pakistan was concerned over tendencies towards division and divisiveness.

Emphasizing Pakistan’s interest in stable, peaceful Afghanistan, he said Pakistan was keen on success of Istanbul Regional Conference early next month and Bonn Conference in December this year.

Welcoming President Zardari, King Abdullah felicitated Pakistan on winning non permanent seat of UN Security Council. He agreed there was need to further strengthen ties particularly in economic field. Jordan valued sacrifices rendered by Pakistan materially and physically in fighting militancy. Interior Minister Rehman Malik’ Chairman BOI Saleem Mandviwalla’ Pakistan Ambassador Atiya Mahmood were also present in meeting.

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