Pakistan High Commissioner designate to Nigeria, Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Ashraf Saleem, called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the Prime Minister House on Wednesday.

Talking to the High Commissioner designate, the Prime Minister said that both Pakistan and Nigeria, an important country of West Africa, enjoy friendly and cordial relations and directed him to take these relations to new heights.

The Prime Minister said that both Pakistan and Nigeria were important members of Developing 8 and recently concluded D-8 summit in Islamabad provided an important opportunity to their respective leaderships to further enhance bilateral cooperation.

Dilating upon the resource potential of African Continent, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that the Ambassador designate would make all possible efforts to tap the unexplored potential to Pakistan’s benefit.

The Prime Minister directed the Ambassador designate to focus on expanding and diversifying commercial relations between the two countries as the current level of economic relations was not commensurate with the excellent ties between them.

He emphasized the need to exchange trade delegations for enhancing commercial and economic ties.

The prime Minister directed the Ambassador designate to extend all possible assistance to the Pakistani community and look after them.