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Pakistan PM Urges Cooperation With SAAR Countries

Pakistani premier stresses cooperation within SAARC countries

By Indra Adhikari

Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz, has stressed for more cooperation within the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) family for not just a desirable goal but for a vital shared objective.

He was addressing a programme on, "Promoting Regional Cooperation- Pakistan's objective," organised in the capital, Kathmandu, jointly by Nepal Council of World Affairs and Pakistani Embassy on Monday. Prime Minister Aziz is the present chairman the seven-member regional pact.

He further stressed to achieve a meaningful regional cooperation in the region that is necessary for institutionalizing the process of building confidence and resolving disputes to create a truly enabling environment.

The Pakistani premier said his country oppose any form of interference in the internal affairs of Nepal and remain prepared to extend any assistance that Nepal may require. The Pakistani premier had arrived Kathmandu on Monday with hid 60-member delegation team and met his Nepali counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba the same day. Both the leaders discussed bilateral relations and regional cooperation.

He was granted audience by the King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev later that day.

He is scheduled to visit Bhutan and Bangladesh as part of his tour of SAARC nations are Nepal. Later, he will also visit India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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