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PRESIDENT’S SECRETARIAT (PUBLIC) PRESS WING

Islamabad January 3, 2018: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan
attaches great importance to its relations with Iraq and Netherlands and is keen to
expand ties with both the countries in all fields including economic, culture and
education.
The President said this while talking to the Outgoing Ambassador of Iraq Dr. Ali Al-
Rahmani and Ambassador-designate to Netherlands Shujjat Ali Rathore who called on
him separately here at the Aiwan-e- Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday.
The President emphasized that resumption of air links with Iraq is a priority for Pakistan
which will benefit the people of both countries. It will bring the people of two countries
closer and will also award them an opportunity to have better understanding of each
other, he added. He underlined that Pakistan desires to enhance cooperation with Iraq
in several sectors including trade, education and culture. He highlighted that Iraq and
Baghdad have extraordinary importance in Islamic History as besides Medina, Baghdad
was the other city towards which Muslims used to travel for education.
The President underscored that Pakistan is making all possible efforts to eradicate
extremism from the region and has also made historic achievements in this regard. He
stated that Pakistan and Iraq are connected through great historical and religious links
which further deepen the relations between the two countries. He called for increasing
exchange of trade delegations to further strengthen the people to people contacts
between the two countries.
While appreciating the interest of Iraq in CPEC, the President said that this project will
be a game changer for the entire region. The outgoing ambassador apprised the
President that Iraq is very much interested in CPEC and plans to work in several
projects related to energy.
While speaking to the Ambassador-designate Shujjat Ali Rathore, the President stated
that Pakistan has historical trade links with Netherlands which further strengthens the
relation between the two countries. He pointed out that these relations can be expanded
by attracting the Investors from Netherlands to invest in Pakistan.

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