Australia reiterates commitment with Pak to mitigate pandemic crisis
Australian Government invests in the people of Pakistan through Australian Aid Programs in the spheres of health and education
Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, H.E. Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, called on the Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh today. The Minister extended a warm welcome to H.E. High Commissioner and commended the support extended by the Government and people of Australia to Government of Pakistan and its people and hoped that the positive sentiments will continue in future for the benefit of both the countries. In his virtual remarks, the High Commissioner said Pakistan is at the heart of a regional market with a large population, diverse resources, and untapped potential for trade and would like to explore further opportunities for enhancing trade relations between the two countries. He said that the Australian Government invests in the people of Pakistan through Australian Aid Programs in the spheres of health and education. He reiterated to continue the cooperation especially when Pakistan is making efforts to successfully ward off the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the High Commissioner added. The Minister thanked the High Commissioner for his cooperation and wished that the bilateral relations will further strengthen especially when the pandemic is over and the world trade will return to normalcy. The Australian envoy was also briefed on Pakistan’s efforts aimed at supporting the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. It was emphasized that a politically-negotiated settlement, led and owned by Afghans, was the only viable way forward. The Australian side appreciated Pakistan’s constructive role in the Afghan peace process.
While sharing the views on bilateral ties both officials stated that Australia and Pakistan enjoy a long-standing strong and growing relationship underpinned by deepening people-to-people links. Australia established diplomatic relations with Pakistan after its 1947 partition from India and has had a resident mission in the country since 1948.