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Pakistan, Maldives sign four MoUs

Pakistan, Maldives sign four MoUs

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Maldives signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on Thursday for promoting bilateral ties besides agreeing to cooperate at the multilateral fora.

The signing of the MoUs was witnessed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

The MoUs pertain to cooperation in the fields of sports, health, education and Illicit drug trafficking.

“The signing of these documents would help further strengthen Pakistan’s relations with the Maldives,” Prime Minister Sharif said in a joint statement issued after talks with President Gayoom.

Mr Sharif said: “Pakistan wishes to further deepen and broaden relations with Maldives in all fields of importance.”

The two leaders agreed on the need for regular political exchanges between the two countries, including high-level visits and promotion of bilateral trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

They also discussed cooperation at multilateral fora, especially Saarc.

The Maldives leader said: “Bilateral relations have been further strengthened over the years through broad developmental cooperation between our two countries in a plethora of fields ranging from infrastructure, defence and human resource development.”

Mr Gayoom foresaw bilateral ties “being elevated to a higher plane with the conclusion of this state visit”.

He expressed the hope that strengthened relations between the two countries would open up new areas for cooperation and prove mutually beneficial.

Prime Minister Sharif was invited to visit the Maldives on the occasion of 50th Independence Day of Maldives in July.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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