ISLAMABAD: Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese called on Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem, Leader of the House in the Senate at his residence. Issues of mutual interest were discussed in detail during the meeting, and emphasis was laid on parliamentary cooperation and institutional support between the two countries.
Leader of the House Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem said that Pakistan was keen to further enhance bilateral relations, trade and economic ties with Italy and there is need to enhance the exchange of parliamentary and trade delegations to further strengthen people-to-people contacts. He added that 150,000 Pakistanis are currently living in Italy and were contributing around 600 million dollars in foreign exchange to Pakistan. He thanked leadership of Italy for its support on GSP Plus.
The Italian Ambassador appreciated the role played by Government of Pakistan in providing humanitarian assistance for safe evacuation of foreigners from Afghanistan. He remarked that the Pakistani community in Italy was playing a positive role in the development of Italy and acts as a bridge between the two countries.