SARAJEVO – Pakistan and Bosnia have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas ranging from agriculture, textile, defense, power sector and infrastructure development.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is on a three-day visit to Bosnia Herzegovina, held bilateral talks with his Bosnian counterpart Mr. Denis Zivizdic (Chairman of the Council of Ministers).
Addressing a joint press conference after the talks in Sarajevo on Wednesday, the Pakistani premier thanked his Bosnian counterpart for extending the invitation to visit Bosnia and the warm welcomed he received here, stressing such visits impart momentum to bilateral ties.
PM Nawaz Sharif highlighted that two leaders discussed power sector issues and crises faced by Pakistan highlighting the huge potential in hydro and coal power that Bosnia offers.
The huge infrastructure development being carried out in Pakistan including highways and motorways was also discussed.
Chairman Zivizdic invited Pakistan to attend the agriculture exhibition to be held in the Baltic country in March. PM Nawaz thanked Chairman Zivizdic for the invitation and promised to send a Pakistani delegation in March to attend the exhibition and explore the trade opportunities between two countries in the sector.
Signing of an MOU between Bosnia and Pakistan to abolish visa requirement for diplomatic and official passports was also announced at the joint presser.
Chairman Zivizdic also accepted PM Nawaz’s invitation to visit Pakistan. He announced that two countries have also agreed to establish a joint commission to explore trade and business opportunities between the two countries and, to oversee the effective implementation of measures and decisions taken in this regard.
During the bilateral talks, Bosnian representatives supported Pakistan’s view of peaceful resolution of all disputes with India including Kashmir. PM Nawaz extended his good wishes and full support to Bosnia in its bid for inclusion in EU and WTO.
The PM informed his Bosnian counterpart that Pakistan has effectively tackled terrorism in Pakistan and has eliminated terrorist organizations like TTP and Al-Qaeda from the country.
Nawaz Sharif reached Bosnia-Herzegovina on a three-day official visit on Tuesday. He was received by Bosnian Minister for Transport and Communication Ismir Jusko at the Sarajevo International Airport.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and PM’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi accompanied the prime minister.
Earlier, on his arrival at the PM office, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was accorded red carpeted welcome. The Bosnian leader personally received Nawaz Sharif. On the occasion, guard of honor was also presented to the prime minister.