Islamabad- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan wishes to nurture closer economic and cultural relations with Nepal.

He was talking to Foreign Minister of Nepal Mahendra Bahadur Panday today. The Prime Minister said bilateral trade between Pakistan and Nepal is not reflective of their political ties and the potential that exists in both the countries.  He said institutional mechanisms like Joint Economic Commission, need to be made more effective for the purpose.

Mian Nawaz Sharif said apart from strengthening bilateral relations with Nepal, Pakistan is particularly keen to promote SAARC activities in partnership with Nepal. Resolution of disputes between SAARC countries is important for SAARC’s progress and Nepal can play its due role in this regard, he said.

The two sides acknowledged in the meeting that it is important for the SAARC to develop economic partnerships with major countries within the region, which is essential for the SAARC’s growth.

The Prime Minister wished Nepal success in the upcoming SAARC Summit and said Pakistan is keen to participate in it at the highest level. Ambassador of Nepal to Pakistan Bharat Raj Paudyal and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi also attended the meeting.