Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Gillani presses for FTA between Pakistan and US

PM Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday called for an early conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and United States to promote economic activity.

Talking to a US Congressional delegation led by Doug Lamborn at the PM House he said that the economic activity would address the issue of poverty and unemployment particularly in the under developed and militancy affected areas.

About the misperceptions in both countries against each other, the he said the USA's presence in Pakistan should be seen as a source of peace and prosperity by the people of Pakistan.

However, he stressed that the US administration and particularly the US Congress needed to be sensitive about the opinion and views of the people of Pakistan for paving the way for a long term strategic partnership based on mutual trust, respect and interest.