NA Speaker calls for regular interaction between political, parliamentary leadership


ISLAMABAD, Jun 29 (TNS): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Wednesday stressed the need for regular interaction between political and parliamentary leadership to build bridges of understanding and friendship.

He expressed these views while talking with Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of Duma (Russian Parliament) and Chung Sye-kyun, Speaker of Republic of Korea in the sideline meetings separately during 2nd Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments’ (MSEAP), according to a message received from Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Wide range of issues including enhancing parliamentary and economic ties between Pakistan and their respective countries came under discussion.

While talking with his Russian counterpart, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Russia not only share the same Continent but also the same values of democracy and human freedom, therefore, both the nations need to take their bilateral relation to new heights.

He said that Pakistan values its relations with Russia and `wants to diversify them through parliamentary, people-to-people and economic ties. He said that joint efforts by the both countries are needed for regional peace and progress.

Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin supported the idea of his Pakistani counterpart to hold a conference in Pakistan devoted to security issues and fight against terrorism with the participation of Iran,China, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Speaker invited his Russian counterpart to visit Pakistan which he accepted to visit by the end of year. Vyacheslav Volodin also invited his Pakistani counterpart to take part in a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The Speaker agreed to participate in both the meetings.

Speaking to the Korean Speaker, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq highlighted the need for regular interaction between political leadership, parliamentarians and people of both the countries that would take the existing bilateral relations between both the countries to new heights.

He also stressed the need for frequent exchange of Parliamentary Delegation and to re-activate friendship groups between the two Parliaments for better understanding and enhanced cooperation through parliamentary diplomacy.

Chung Sye-kyun, Speaker of Republic of Korea agreed with the Speaker and said that his government also desires to have cordial relation withPakistan.

He said that his government also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further cement them through cooperation in diverse fields.

The Korean Speaker said that his country is eager to assist Pakistan in strengthening democratic institutions, aiding in capacity building and trainings.