‘Pakistan provides conducive business environment to foreigners’

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi said on Monday that Pakistan provided foreigners with a conducive environment for investment and hoped that investors from different countries would avail from the abundant opportunities that the country offers.

The president made these remarks while talking to envoys-designate of Thailand, Sri Lanka, Austria, Canada, Spain and Jordan, who presented their credentials to him in an impressive ceremony at the President House.

The president said Pakistan wanted to further strengthen its relations with all friendly countries. He emphasised that regular exchange of bilateral delegations was essential in order to strengthen people-to-people contacts and to forge strong political and economic linkages.

Later, the ambassadors/high commissioners separately called on the president.

The president felicitated the newly-appointed ambassadors/high commissioners to Pakistan and hoped that they would work for the development of existing ties between their respective countries and Pakistan, besides promoting business opportunities offered by the country.

The envoys who presented their credentials included Ambassador-designate of Thailand Pornpop Uampidhaya, High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid, Ambassador-designate of Austria Nicolaus Keller, High Commissioner-designate of Canada Wendy Christine Gilmour, Ambassador-designate of Spain Manuel Duran Gimenez-Rico and Ambassador-designate of Jordan Ibrahim Yali Mohammad.

Earlier, each envoy-designate arrived at the main gate of the President House in a horse- driven carriage. National anthems of Pakistan and their respective countries were played and the envoys-designate were also presented with a guard of honour.

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