DAMASCUS - Pakistani Ambassador in Damascus Syed Athar Hussain Bukhari on Monday called on Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi and Deputy Premier Ghalawanji, state run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

Pakistan on Wednesday stated that it is against any attempt to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. "Pakistan is also against foreign military intervention in Syria and fully supports the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,” said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry. "Pakistan supports all efforts employed at facilitating a peaceful Syrian-led and inclusive solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people through a comprehensive political dialogue," added Chaudhry. Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi discussed bilateral relations and Syria internal crisis with Pakistani ambassador, the agency said.

In turn, Bukhari asserted the Pakistani government’s keenness to developing bilateral relations and expressed the Pakistani people and government’s support for the Syrian people and their leadership in their war against terrorism.

“All-Halaqi expressed Syria’s desire to reactivate the agreements signed between the two countries, to sign new agreements, and expand trade base, especially in the fields of grains, rice, sugar, information technology, pharmaceuticals, and surgical and medical supplies, as well as boosting cultural exchange and establishing joint investment projects”, it reported.

On a relevant note, Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs, Local Administration Minister Omar Ghalawanji met Bukhari, with Ghalawanji affirming that the Syrian government, represented by the Higher Committee for Relief, is exerting all efforts to alleviate the crisis effects on Syrians, and that this has been the case since the beginning of the crisis.

For his part, Bukhari affirmed that Pakistani stance towards the crisis in Syria is firm, and that any solution for the crisis must be devised by the Syrians themselves.