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Perry John Calderwood : Canada, Pakistan dynamic partners


High Commissioner of Canada talks to Centreline and DNA

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Let us start with Canada, Pakistan relations, how would you describe these relations in the fields of politics, trade and economy and people to people contacts?

Canada and Pakistan have a broad relationship that spans many areas. It is a dynamic partnership and I believe that there is great potential for further strengthening of our ties in the years ahead. Our two countries maintain ongoing dialogue on many multilateral issues such as climate change and our shared commitment to United Nations Peacekeeping. Our trade relationship is growing. In 2016, two-way trade exceeded $1.4 billion Canadian dollars (about 110 billion PKR), the highest level ever. That said, I believe that there remains significant untapped potential to strengthen trade and investment relations.

Ali Alizada: Azerbaijan, Pakistan ties based on trust, shared values


Ambassador of Azerbaijan talks to Centreline & DNA

 Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

 This year we are commemorating 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. What are the salient aspects of our relations?

 Azerbaijan and Pakistan are two very close brotherly countries whose relations have been progressing without an iota of misunderstanding because the relations are based on strong roots and historical ties. In the past both nations have supported each other, have endeavoured to be part of each other’s important issues and with the blessings of Allah our efforts are now more intensified for greater improvement.

Jean Francois Cautain: EU more determined, united after Brexit

Ambassador of European Union talks to Centreline & DNA

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Ambassador of the European Union Jean Francois Cautain talked exclusively to Centreline and Diplomatic News Agency (DNA) on a variety of issues ranging from bilateral to multi-lateral relations. The ambassador also talked about various European as well as regional issues such as Turkish membership to EU, war on terror, women empowerment and trade and educational links between Pakistan and the EU. Here is the text of the interview.

Joao Paulo Sabido Costa Portugal, Pakistan ties growing fast


 Charge d’ Affaires of Portugal talks to Centreline & DNA

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Firstly, we will be interested to know about the bilateral relations, interest to us, how would you describe these relations in the fields of business, trade, and economy?

Although having tended to be stalled for many years, these relations are now growing and improving very fast. During 2016 we have witnessed an evident increase in trade ties, namely with regard to our exports. Several initiatives were meanwhile launched, as the Pakistan Portugal Business Council of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, or the Pakistan Portugal Business Forum that has been created in Portugal. There is an awakening in our main economic institutions regarding the potential of Pakistan and as result many business and investment opportunities have been identified.

Mona el Tannir : I feel at home in Pakistan

Ambassador of Lebanon talks to Centreline and DNA

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Ambassador of Lebanon H.E. Mona el Tannir talked to Centreline and Diplomatic News Agency (DNA). She covered various areas in her interview including political relations; cooperation in the cultural field and various business prospects available to foreign investors in her country.

Tore Nedrebo : More Norwegian investments in Pakistan on cards

Ambassador of Norway talks to Centreline and DNA

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Let’s begin with Pakistan-Norway relations. How would you describe these relations with particular reference to bilateral cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture and humanitarian field?

Bilateral relations are close and excellent. There are several reasons for this. The large Pakistani diaspora in Norway, counting some 40,000 individuals, means there is a lot of exchange between the two countries and considerable awareness of Pakistan in Norway. Our current foreign minister visits Pakistan practically every year, and even the prime ministers meet regularly.


Julius Kibet Bitok says Kenya eyes enhanced ties with Pakistan

High Commissioner of Kenya talks to Centreline & DNA, Ansar Mahmood Bhatti, Let Us Begin With Pakistan, Kenya Relations. How Would You Describe Political, Economic And Cultural Relations Between The Two Countries?