ISLAMABAD, FEB 20: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif held a telephone call today with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.
The Prime Minister appreciated the humanitarian assistance of the Dutch government for the flood victims in Pakistan as well as support of Dutch water experts in preparing Pakistan’s Resilient,Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Framework.. Both leaders further agreed to continue cooperation on issues related to climate change.
Both leaders also took stock of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction at its positive trajectory. They agreed to further enhance trade and economic relations. The Prime Minister invited the Dutch companies to invest in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, water management and renewable energy.
The two leaders also discussed important global and regional issues of mutual interest including the situation in IIOJK, Afghanistan and Ukraine.
The Prime Minister also stressed the need for the international community to raise a collective voice against Islamophobia and work together for promoting inter-faith harmony and peaceful co-existence, for which mutual respect and religious tolerance are a must.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the Netherlands. The two Prime Ministers agreed to celebrate this milestone in a befitting manner.