ISLAMABAD - Acting President Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has said that Pakistan and Argentina enjoyed cordial bilateral relations and these ties were built on mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields besides having similarity of views on international, regional and bilateral matters of common interest.

The Acting President expressed these views while talking to Ambassador of Argentina Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia, who Saturday called on him at the Parliament House. The Acting President underlined the need for enhanced cooperation in trade and commerce. He said that Pakistan offered a conducive environment for investment and there was dire need to search new avenues of cooperation for benefit of the people of two countries. He expressed the confidence that Preferential Trade Agreement would be mutually beneficial in facilitating trade between the two countries.

Nayyer Hussain Bokhari also emphasized more people to people contacts particularly exchange of delegation at parliamentary and other levels to promote greater cooperation between two Parliaments. He said that close interaction between the parliamentarians would help create more understanding and bringing the two countries much closer to each other. He appreciated the MOU on cultural cooperation, which is being negotiated between the two countries, saying that such initiatives would help promote greater people to people contacts. He appreciated measures of the government of Argentina to root out corruption besides advocacy of human rights issues. 

The Acting President also felicitated the ambassador for assuming the charge of dean of diplomatic corps in Islamabad.

Ambassador of Argentina Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia agreed with the views of Acting President. He said that there was huge scope for investment in pharmaceutical, oil and gas, meat processing, transport and other sectors. He said they were keenly working to bring investment in these sectors. He also briefed the Acting President about transportation of compressed gas to industrial and other sectors to meet their energy needs. 

He was of the view that greater people to people contact particularly at the parliamentary level would help further strengthening the ties and consolidating the bond of friendship between the two countries. He stated that both Pakistan and Argentina enjoyed excellent cooperation at international level.

The Acting President assured his all out cooperation to further consolidate ties in various fields.