Islamabad: The 72nd anniversary of the resolution seeking a separate homeland, Pakistan, for Muslims of the sub-continent, was celebrated here Wednesday with zeal and fervour. Chief Guest of the National Day reception, Indonesian Minister for Communication, Tifatul Sembiring echoed the spirit of Pakistan-Indonesia friendship on the occasion saying, “We want to advance our cooperation with Pakistan. Considering that it is a Muslim country, we relatively have so little barriers.” Former Indonesian President, Madam Megawati Soekarnoputri addressed special message of greeting to the Ambassador on National Day of Pakistan. says a press release received here today from JAKARTA.
A large number of guests including senior Indonesian officials, members of the diplomatic corps, business icons, socialites, Pakistani community and media attended the reception.
In his remarks the Minister went on to say that Indonesia would continue to maintain good relations with Pakistan through cooperation aimed at optimizing business opportunities. “I hope that bilateral ties are getting stronger and we are able to work together to face the challenges because no country alone can solve its problems”. The Minister said Pakistan had contributed tremendously toward socio-cultural as well as political development in the South Asian region. He wished all Pakistanis, a very happy National Day.
Ambassador Sanaullah said that his country was committed to promoting global peace.” He made a special mention of Pakistan’s contribution in the war on terror saying it was acknowledged by the international community. He said during the last 66 years of its existence, Pakistan had faced many challenges, braved many trials and tribulations. “But nothing stopped us working with the international community to promote global peace and stability”, the Ambassador said. As a symbol of Pakistan’s positive contributions, we were elected as a member of the [United Nations] Security Council last year, he added.
Talking about Pakistan-Indonesia relations, he hoped with the signing of the PTA, Pakistan’s trade with Indonesia would gain momentum. “We wish to expand PTA into FTA, that is our desire now”, the Ambassador commented. He added that Pakistan also desired to expand its trade links, investments and people-to-people contacts with ASEAN countries. We hope to achieve full dialogue partnership to actively participate in ASEAN programmes,” he said. “Pakistan, because of its strategic location, can serve as a robust multiplier for ASEAN trade.” The Ambassador on this occasion said all Pakistanis had great respect for Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno. It was because of him that Pakistan-Indonesia relations got the real boost, he said.
While talking to media, the Ambassador specially emphasized the need for easing visa regime by Indonesia to facilitate exchange of visits by businessmen aiming to boost bilateral trade. He hoped PTA would help enhance trade volume to about 2.5 billion USD by the end of 2012.
Later, Minister for Information Technology, Tifatul Sembiring and Dean of the diplomatic corps, Yousif Rashid Alsharhan, joined Ambassador Sanaullah to perform the cake cutting, marking the national day celebrations.
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