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Phillip Ruddock meets Prime Minister Jamali

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.

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