French president acknowledges ‘high price’ paid by Pakistan in fighting terrorism
French President Emmanuel Macron has appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism and recognised the “high price” it has paid to do so.
He said this during a telephone call to Prime Minister Imran Khan on September 13 to congratulate him on becoming premier. He also offered his condolences to Prime Minister Imran Khan on the incidents of terrorism in July during which a number of people, including electoral candidates, were killed.
President Macron stressed the importance of deepening bilateral political dialogue. He expressed his desire to cooperate in the fields of energy, water resource management, trade and economy and to work together on issues of mutual interest on a global level.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his desire to develop bilateral relations with France into a mutually beneficial, broad-based and long-term partnership. He said that trade and investment ties between Pakistan and France are growing and appreciated the presence of a large number of French companies in Pakistan.
He invited more French investment in Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan also spoke to President Macron about the regional situation, especially the importance of a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan, and on relations with India. He underscored the need for comprehensive dialogue with India to address issues being faced, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The premier discussed the plight of Kashmiris and said the international community should play its role to mitigate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people. He also invited the French president to visit Pakistan, which he accepted.