LAHORE – Swedish Ambassador Lars Hjalmar Wide on Tuesday met Governor Latif Khosa and PML-N president Nawaz Sharif at Governor House and in Raiwind, respectively. He discussed with them matters of mutual interest.

During his meeting with the envoy, the governor told Mr Wide that Pakistan has had long and friendly relations with Sweden and the government of Pakistan wished to build broad-based, substantive and result-oriented relations with the Swedish.

Governor Khosa further told the envoy that there was an urgent need for setting up regular contacts at all levels and in all areas, particularly trade, investment and public relations. He stressed on enhancing bilateral trade on the basis of greater exchange of business delegations.

Khosa also invited the Swedish business community to invest in Pakistan, as the government was providing a friendly and secure environment to the investors. He said there were vast opportunities of investment in energy, infrastructures, communications and agriculture sectors of Pakistan.

“We have to make collective efforts to eradicate poverty and illiteracy because both are the prime causes of unrest and instability in Pakistani society,” Khosa said.

The Swedish Ambassador thanked the Governor and assured him that his government would extend its full cooperation in all sectors. He also lauded the hospitality of the Lahorites and termed Lahore “a city of vibrant and lively people”.

Later during his meeting with Nawaz Sharif, Mr Wide discussed matters of mutual interest, including the war on terror with his Mr Sharif. According to sources, Nawaz Sharif apprised him about the steps which have been taken by the Punjab Government to promote education and health in the Punjab.