DAVOS: Swiss President expresses willingness to work with Pakistan in hydro-power and other projects.
Swiss President Doris Leuthard has said Pakistan has made great progress in economy despite different challenges faced by it.
She was talking to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Davos on Wednesday.
The Swiss president said Pakistan is progressing on the right track and we appreciate its economic roadmap.
She also appreciated the Prime Minister’s efforts towards promoting stability in Pakistan and the regno.
She said that Swiss companies are more than willing to work in Pakistan in such a positive and enabling environment.
She said we are very keen to work with Pakistan in different hydropower projects.
The Swiss President said Pakistan has played a great role by giving refuge to three million Afghan refugees on its soil and hoped it will continue to play its role in promoting good relations with Afghanistan.
In his remarks, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appreciated efforts of the Swiss Asian Chamber of Commerce, Swiss Global Enterprise, and Swiss Business Council for introducing Pakistan to the Swiss business houses.
He also thanked the Swiss government for offering postgraduate scholarships to Pakistani students at various public universities in Switzerland.
The Prime Minister complimented Switzerland’s objective, non-discriminatory and criteria based approach on NSG membership.
He assured that Pakistan is committed to facilitate and support an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace and reconciliation process as envisaged under the Quadrilateral framework.
He said we believe that security of Pakistan is directly linked to peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has continued to host millions of Afghan refugees for more than three decades. We are still hosting around 1.5 million refugees and about an equal number of undocumented Afghans.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan believes that there is a need to create necessary pull factors inside Afghanistan for sustained repatriation of the refugees.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan wants peaceful and amicable resolution of all outstanding disputes with India.
He said Pakistan is concerned over the recent developments in occupied Kashmir and the gross human rights violations by the Indian forces particularly in the wake of extra judicial murder of Burhan Wani.
Nawaz Sharif said International Community should take notice of the gravity of the situation and call on India to respect human rights of the people of Kashmir and implement the UNSC resolutions on Kashmir.
Talking to Chief Executive Officer of Proctor and Gamble in Davos on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said economic indicators of Pakistan are satisfactory, and are improving day by day.
He said Pakistan has a favorable environment for investment.
Appreciating the efforts of the present government, the CEO Proctor and Gamble said there are tremendous investment opportunities in Pakistan.—Radio Pakistan