ISLAMABAD -President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday emphasized the need for regular high-level bilateral interaction, parliamentary exchanges and people-to-people contacts with Australia so as to impart new impetus to ties.

The President expressed these views while talking to Pakistan's High Commissioner-designate to Australia, Ms. Naela Chohan at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Felicitating Ms. Naela Chohan on her new assignment, thePresident said that Pakistan and Australia enjoy close and cordial relations and expressed hope that her appointment will further strengthen Pakistan's multifaceted relations with Australia.  He urged the High Commissioner-designate to concentrate on exploring new vistas and avenues for expanding the scope of present trade ties between the two countries besides enhancing the scope ofAustralian development assistance program for Pakistan which stands at US$ 89 million for 2012-13. The President also advised Naela Chohan to extend every possible support and facilitation to the Pakistani community working in Australia.

The High Commissioner-designate thanked the President for reposing confidence in her and assured that she would focus on further cementing Pakistan's bilateral ties with Australia with particular focus on enhancing trade, business and economic ties.