ISLAMABAD - Canadian Federal Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney Friday called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The Canadian Minister is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Minister for Labour and Manpower. According to Foreign Office statement, Minister Jason Kenney and the Foreign Minister discussed various aspects of Pak-Canadian bilateral relations with particular reference to immigration issues, employment of Pakistani manpower in Canada, investment in Pakistan, the role of Pakistani community in Canada, regional situation and other issues of mutual interest. The Foreign Minister appreciated the continued Canadian assistance to Pakistan for human resource development and capacity building. He also appreciated corporation between the two countries for improving border management between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Kenney informed that Canada had decided to double CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) assistance for Pakistan to C$60 million mainly for local government, basic healthcare for girls and primary education. In addition, Canada would also support projects under the Friends of Pakistan Forum, he added. Qureshi and Kenney also discussed the post-Mumbai tension between Pakistan and India. The Canadian Minister expressed the hope that both Pakistan and India would be able to overcome the current tensions and resolve their differences peacefully. APP adds: Canadian Federal Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney called on Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman here on Saturday. "We appreciate the Canadian Government's independent support to democracy in our country. Canada's interest in supporting a democratic structure is encouraging for the elected government of Pakistan," said Sherry Rehman. She stressed the need for enhanced cooperation between the two countries to strengthen a representative political order in Pakistan. The Canadian Minister pointed to the presence of a robust Pakistani community in Canada and appreciated its meaningful contribution to the social, economic and political institutions of the country. He expressed his resolve in facilitating the immigration process for the Pakistani community. "The Canadian Government has also decided to raise the level of development assistance to Pakistan. Being part of the Friends of Pakistan Forum, we are eager to make an investment in the progress of Pakistan as we feel that a stronger Pakistan is in the interest of the world community." Sherry Rehman said that the democratic government took office in difficult circumstances. "Pakistan is battling with important social, economic and security challenges. As elected public representatives, our government is committed to establishing solid structures to support the long term growth and progress of our nation," she added. The Information Minister pointed out that terrorism remains the most important priority of the government. "We see this threat in the context of Pakistan's own security. We lost our national leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to terrorism. We believe that not only the Pakistan Peoples Party, but the entire country has paid a heavy price for the presence of regressive elements on our soil and we have stakes in rooting them out." Sherry Rehman informed the Canadian Minister of the government's multi-pronged strategy to address the issue. "A national threat of such magnitude cannot be addressed through military action alone. We are committed to a consolidated response to address the issue. There is complete consensus between the elected representatives on the dangers the terrorism threat poses to Pakistan's security, and the recent Parliamentary resolution is a demonstration of their commitment to stand up to the threat." The Information Minister also pointed out that Pakistan has a robust independent media. "The government's commitment to media freedom comes from our resolve to strengthen the architecture of democracy in Pakistan." The Minister assured the Canadian Minister for Citizenship of the PPP Government's commitment to facilitate investment opportunities in Pakistan. She said that the two countries must explore opportunities to expand the range of ties for mutual benefit.