LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar held important meetings with Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Teresa Ribeiro and Vice President of Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and Portuguese communities Pedro Filipe Soares. They assured to support Pakistan for extension in GSP-Plus status.
According to a communiqué issued by Governor House on Tuesday, Sarwar during his visit to Europe met with Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Teresa Ribeiro and Vice President of Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and Portuguese communities Pedro Filipe Soares. Matters pertaining to extension in GSP-Plus status to Pakistan, Kashmir issue, Indian war hysteria, peace in Afghanistan, Pak-Portugal relations, trade, tourism and other issues were discussed.
While Military Secretary Col. Mohsin Raja and Board of Revenue Punjab’s Senior Member Babar Hayat Tarar also accompanied the Governor.
The governor said that Teresa Ribeiro and Pedro Filipe Soares have not only lauded the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan’s government, armed forces and the people in the war against terrorism and for the cause of peace but also assured him of their full cooperation. After the meetings, Punjab Governor said that meetings with Teresa Ribeiro and Pedro Filipe Soares were held in a very cordial manner and these were successful meetings by all aspects. “I am also holding a meeting with members of the European Parliament and Pakistan will succeed with regard to extension in GSP-Plus status.”
Pakistan has obtained benefits worth more than 15 billion dollars from GSP-Plus during the past five years, and GSP-Plus will benefit the country and strengthen its economy in future as well. Portuguese investors and business community are keen on investing in the projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Sarwar said that he also apprised the Portuguese authorities about the measures taken by Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan for the establishment of peace and elimination of terrorism, despite India’s war hysteria, and the situation created due to the Kashmir issue.
He also urged the European Union to play its role in lifting of curfew and stoppage of Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir, adding that settlement of Kashmir issue has become indispensable for regional peace and stability. There is no doubt in it that the entire world community, including Portuguese authorities is all praised for Pakistan’s endeavors for peace.
During the meeting with the Portuguese leader, he said, promotion of religious tourism and other tourist places were also discussed. Tourists are being provided complete security and other facilities in Pakistan, where total peace prevails.