Pak-Cuba pledges extended cooperation in trade, culture

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President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday said Pakistan attached utmost importance to its ties with Cuba and wanted to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas of trade, economy, health and culture.The President stated this while talking to the outgoing Cuban Ambassador Gabriel Tiel Capote, here at Aiwan-e-Sadr.President Alvi said both countries needed to identify and explore areas of trade and investment cooperation.He also stressed the need for cultural and parliamentary exchanges between the two countries.Dr Alvi said Pakistan deeply appreciated the Cuban assistance in the wake of 2005 earthquake by sending medical teams and providing scholarships to Pakistani medical students.High Commissioner for Pakistan Mr. Imran Ahmed Siddiqui called on the Hon’ble State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The two sides discussed issues of mutual interest and agreed to work further for promotion of bilateral relations, says a press release received from Dhaka here today. The High Commissioner handed over a signed copy of Tripartite Agreement of 1974 to the Hon’able State Minister which had addressed all the outstanding issues between the two countries. The High Commissioner said that the agreement should serve as a foundation for further strengthening of the existing fraternal relations. The High Commissioner further underlined that in order to establish productive commercial relations, there was a need to address all non-trade barriers and efforts need to be made to facilitate frequent interaction between the business sectors of the two countries. In this connection, the High Commissioner further informed the Minister that Pakistan had already removed all restrictions on Pakistani visa for Bangladeshi citizens. The two sides agreed to intensify bilateral contacts at all levels.

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