Parliamentary exchanges to further strengthen bonds between Pakistan and ROK: NA Speaker


ISLAMABAD; August 7 (TNS): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is committed to a sustained and comprehensive bilateral engagement with Republic of Korea.

He added that Pakistan is a promising market for Korean technological and manufacturing expertise. He was speaking to Speaker of the National Assembly of Republic of Korea, Mr. Chung Sye-Kyun who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Monday. Convener of the Pak- Korean Friendship Group, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh was also present in the meeting. Wide range of issues including enhancing parliamentary and economic ties between Pakistan and Republic of Korea came under discussion.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan’s strong agricultural base, richness in natural resources and Korean expertise in manufacturing and technology offers immense scope for joint collaboration. He further said that Pakistan pursues inter-regional and intra-regional connectivity with an unflinching resolve and Korea shines prominently in Pakistan’s strategic calculations for spurring innovation and technological advancement. He urged his Korean counterpart to play a role in facilitating Pakistan’s access to Korean market and assured him that Pakistani political leadership will reciprocate the gesture of friendship. The Speaker said that facilitating investors, private sector and cooperation in tourism and education will open up new avenues of cooperation and collaboration.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan believed in peaceful resolution of Kashmir and wanted peace and security in the region as it is essential for prosperity and development. He urged the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and seek condemnation of the Indian brutalities at the highest level. Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as game-changer project for the regional development, he remarked that the realization of CPEC is manifestation of shared dream of unprecedented prosperity for our Region.

During the meeting, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Parliament of Pakistan is determined to add new dimensions and strengths to the existing bilateral ties. He highlighted that Parliamentary Friendship Groups offers an excellent avenue for facilitating inter-parliamentary relations. He underlined the need for frequent exchange of parliamentary delegation from either side.

Speaker of the National Assembly of Republic of Korea, Mr. Chung Sye-Kyun highly acknowledged Pakistan’s gesture of friendship with Korea and aspiration for enhanced bilateral trade between the two states. He said that Korea is also keen to explore avenues for joint collaboration in areas of trade, education, finance and manufacturing. He added that Pakistan’s agriculture, resource based and space for rapid economic growth makes it a highly attractive destination for Korean investments and assured the Speaker that Korean leadership will continue to strengthen bilateral relations.

Mr. Chung Sye-Kyun reiterated Korea’s commitment to enhance inter-Parliamentary relations and urged the need for regular exchange of parliamentary delegations. He also attended the Guest Book signing ceremony and planted a sapling in the Parliament building. Later, the delegation visited the hall of the National Assembly.