Islamabad: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan received H.E. Mr. Paulo Neves Pocinho, Ambassador of Portugal to Pakistan, today.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Portugal, both in the bilateral context as well as within the framework of European Union. Dr. Awan stressed the need for strengthening cooperation with Portugal in the fields of media, information and culture. She stated that collaboration in media sector is key to forge people to people contacts. She also remarked that Pakistan and Portugal may increase exchange of journalists to learn from each other’s experiences and best practices.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan remarked that Pakistan is emerging as one of the attractive destinations for tourists under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. She added that Pakistan is a beautiful and picturesque country with its cultural diversity and ancient civilization. There are a lot of opportunities for investment in various sectors and great potential for tourism, as visa policy has been revamped with improved security situation in the country.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister also apprised the Ambassador about the grave human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir including the continuous lockdown, communication blockade and curfew for more than 70 days. While appreciating the stance of EU Parliament in support of Kashmiris, she urged the international community to listen to the voice of innocents who are under siege and being deprived of their basic fundamental human rights.
The Ambassador said that Portugal is one of the first countries which recognized Pakistan soon after its establishment and would like to extend cooperation to Pakistan in areas of mutual benefit.