ISLAMABAD (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari said on Friday that keeping in view the geographical proximity of Pakistan and Oman, there was a huge potential of bilateral trade and that the Omani investment would be welcome in energy, telecom, agro-based industries, education and health sectors. The President was talking to Foreign Secretary of Oman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Yousuf Al-Harthy, who called on him here at the Aiwan-e- Sadr on Friday. Ambassador of Oman Mohammad Al-Lawati and other senior officials accompanied the Foreign Secretary. From Pakistan side, Secretary General to the President, M. Salman Faruqui, Foreign Secretary, Salman Bashir and Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar were present during the meeting. Pakistan-Oman bilateral relations and mattes concerning the economic cooperation, trade, commerce and investment were discussed during the meeting. The President thanked the Omani Government and the people for their generous assistance during the recent devastating floods. The President also congratulated Oman on 40th anniversary of Blessed Renaissance. Appreciating visionary leadership of Sultan Qaboos, the President remarked that Oman has witnessed tremendous progress and development under his able leadership. Discussing trade and commerce, the President said that there was a need for having connectivity projects between the two countries and also to implement and utilize Joint Working Group that was formed for promoting trade, agriculture, fisheries and livestock and investment. The President said that keeping in view the shared cultural values, there was a need to further promote cultural linkages and cooperation especially in the education sector. The encouragement of cooperation between the universities of the two countries and providing new vistas of opportunities to intelligentsia and professionals would go a long way not only to further cement bilateral relations but also to take maximum advantage of the intellectual potential, the President observed.