CANBERRA: Australian parliamentarians expressed their interest to promote Parliamentary diplomacy with Pakistan for mutual benefit.
The views were expressed by Rowan Ramsey MP and Graham Perrett MP who are Chair and member of Australia-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, respectively in a meeting with High Commissioner for Pakistan, Babar Amin on Thursday.
Mr. Ramsey, in his interaction appreciated role of High Commissioner in taking Parliamentary diplomacy a step further and expressed desire to meet with counterparts in Pakistani parliament.
“The High Commissioner proposed various activities between Parliamentary Friendship Groups including virtual meetings as a mode of frequent interaction during pandemic”, said a sstatement issued by Pakistan High Commission.
High Commissioner briefed him regarding Pakistan’s connectivity initiatives and invited Australia to invest and enhance economic and trade relations with Pakistan. Other issues of mutual interest including bilateral political relations, regional situation and international developments were also discussed.
Later, in a separate meeting, Mr. Graham Parrett expressed happiness for being part of Australia-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group and underlined importance of high-level visits including between the parliamentary friendship groups
High Commissioner also briefed parliamentarians about Pakistan’s new vision of Economic Security Model which was based on three pillars namely connectivity, sustainable development, and peaceful neighbourhood.
While highlighting potential of investment in diverse economic sectors in Pakistan, he emphasized taking advantage of the opportunity to use Pakistan as economic hub for business partnerships in the region. He also highlighted regional situation in South Asia and Indian human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir.