Pakistan, Indonesia agree to strengthen defense, trade ties


Islamabad: Pakistan and Indonesia have agreed to increase bilateral cooperation to boost defense and trade relations.

During the meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo in Islamabad, both the leaders agreed to expand trade, investment and economical cooperation to build a strong relationship between the countries.

They also agreed that peace is vital for the development and prosperity of the region.

President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan and Indonesia have similar views on international issues and should work together. He also took up with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo the issue of Zulfiqar Ali, a Pakistan citizen imprisoned in Indonesian jail and asked the dignitary to consider the matter on humanitarian grounds.

Upon the issue, the Indonesian president said through it was a legal matter, he would look into it on humanitarian grounds.

The event was also attended by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, parliamentarians, the services chiefs, diplomats, media persons and senior officials.