France, Pakistan discuss business, energy cooperation

08:59, May 05, 2011      

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday met with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani over closer bilateral business and energy cooperation.

At a press conference after the meeting at the Elysee Palace, Gilani said he had talked about further business cooperation with French investors.

Besides the establishment of a France-Pakistan joint business council in corporate sectors, "we have also decided to set up a joint economic and trade committee in official level to facilitate the progress in that regard," Gilani said in front of reporters.

Noting Pakistan's plight in energy shortage, the premier said energy cooperation was in their discussion. "I discussed with the President for civil nuclear, he has said that it is ... for peace purposes, there should not be rejection," he said.

Regional situation, especially Afghanistan-related issues were also among their topics, according to the premier. "Pakistan has no other interest but to see normalcy returning to Afghanistan, so the transition can be completed smoothly by 2014. In this regard, Pakistan is committed to support an Afghan-led, an Afghan-owned peace process."

Source: Xinhua
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