Phillip Ruddock meets Prime Minister Jamali
Prime Minister of Pakistan Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali today received the visiting Australian Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Honourable Phillip Ruddock.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister appreciated the Australian Minister's visit and expressed Pakistan's keen desire to promote and strengthen bilateral relations with Australia, particularly in the economic and commercial spheres.
The Prime Minister invited Australian companies and entrepreneurs to invest in Pakistan, where a favorable environment had been created through a series of measures.
In this context, the Prime Minister urged the Australian Government to streamline and liberalize its visa policy in order to facilitate greater interaction between the business communities of the two countries. He also stressed the need for increased exchanges of students and academics.
Mr. Ruddock said
that Australia would work with Pakistan to strengthen
bilateral relations. The Australian Minister noted the
recent impressive growth of Pakistan's economy. He said
that Australia would continue to work towards an end to
suspension of Pakistan's effective participation in the
Commonwealth. The Prime Minister thanked Australia for its
efforts in this regard.