LAHORE - President Mamnoon Hussain  on Wednesday said that Pakistan wanted peace with all neighbours to ensure economic progress in the region.

Addressing the delegates of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) at the luncheon hosted by him here at the Governor  House, he expressed the optimism that the APA would achieve its goals of peaceful coexistence, perseverance in the face of challenges,  tolerance, and religious harmony.

The President welcomed the APA delegates to the historic City of Lahore and lauded efforts of Senate Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari for the formation of Asian Parliament.

He hoped that the APA would be successful in attaining enhanced inter-Parliamentary cooperation, expertise in the areas of better public policy, legislation and public outreach.

The President stressed the need to neutralise common roadblocks in the way of Asia's rise as the global economic and technological and cultural hub. The Asian countries, he said, were facing socio-economic, geo-political, energy, security, trade, human rights, education and health challenges.

The huge challenges, he added, could be subdued with the human will and the young energetic population.

Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Mian Muhammad Sarwar and Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Governor House here on Wednesday.

President Mamnnon Hussain felicitated Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussian Bokhari on the successful conduct of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA). The 7th Plenary Session of APA was attended by some 126 members of Parliament and observer delegates from across 25 Asian countries.

He also congratulated the Chairman on his election as President of the Parliamentary body for two years.

The President expressed the hope that the event would improve country's image in the world.