ISLAMABAD

Muhammad Tariq Zameer, Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to Sweden, Tuesday called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and discussed matters pertaining to his new diplomatic assignment.

Congratulating Zameer on his new assignment, the president said that Pakistan and Sweden enjoy cordial relations and that Pakistan desires to further strengthen its ties with Sweden in all fields, particularly economic ties. The president said that Pakistan’s current bilateral trade with Sweden stands at US $297 million which does not commensurate with the real trade potential existing between the two countries. He urged the ambassador-designate to concentrate on increasing the existing bilateral trade and work towards further injecting economic content in the bilateral relations by encouraging the chambers of commerce and businessmen of the two countries and promoting greater people-to-people contacts. The president advised the ambassador to encourage Swedish companies and business houses to invest in Pakistan and benefit from the incentive packages and investment-friendly policies of the government of Pakistan. The ambassador-designate thanked the president for reposing confidence in him and assured that he would focus on augmenting Pakistan’s bilateral ties with Sweden with particular focus on enhancing trade, business and economic ties.