ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan and Italy on Wednesday underscored the importance of further augmenting their bilateral relations in a number of important areas, especially trade and investment.
The understanding was reached in a meeting between the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and the Italian Undersecretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Benedetto Della Vedova at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad in which discussed Pakistan-Italy relation as well as regional and global issues.
During the meeting, the two sides expressed satisfaction at the growing bilateral ties.
They emphasized the need to strengthen existing partnership for promoting regional peace and security. They also reached an understanding that as members of the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) Group, they would continue working closely on the issue of United Nations Security Council reform, aimed at making the body more democratic and accountable.
The adviser highlighted the important progress made by Pakistan during the last four years in counter terrorism, economic growth and democratic consolidation.
Sartaj Aziz said that Italy was a close friend and a leading trade and investment partner of Pakistan and appreciated its cooperation in diverse areas.
The adviser also briefed the Italian foreign minister on the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s initiatives for regional peace and stability and strong commitment to maintaining cordial relations with all neighbouring countries.
The Italian Undersecretary appreciated the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the sphere of counter terrorism. Acknowledging the positive contribution being made by Pakistan for regional peace and security.
Della Vedova reassured his Country’s continued support to Pakistan in all areas of mutual interest.