LAHORE French Ambassador to Pakistan Danail Jouanneau called on PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif separately and discussed matters of mutual interest. Nawaz in his meeting with the French envoy at his Raiwind residence said that Pakistanis look at France as a trusted and sincere friend, which has always wished good for Pakistan. Nawaz lauded Pak-French ties terming them old, friendly and cooperative. He on the occasion also recalled the innumerable sacrifices Pakistani nation has rendered in the war on terror and desired that the international community must pay respect for that and provide help to Pakistan to defeat this menace. He said PML-N is playing its due role in strengthening of democracy in Pakistan. He further said that Pakistan strongly aspires good and cordial ties with its neighbours as stability in the region is vital to overall progress of the country. Nawaz said the Punjab government is doing its best for the uplift and progress of the people. He said his party is a staunch supporter of independent judiciary, strong and sovereign Parliament and a flourishing democracy and it would continue efforts for strengthening the institutions. The French Ambassador on the occasion assured full assistance to Pakistan in its efforts for promoting democracy and the institutions. Meanwhile, Danail Jouanneau also called on Shahbaz Sharif at CMs Secretariat, and discussed with him the matters of mutual interest and cooperation in various sectors. Talking to French Ambassador, Shahbaz said that Pakistan is facing serious security problems and the entire nation was writing new chapter of sacrifices in history and was fighting with unity to rid the country of terrorism. He said that investment and development is impossible without peace, therefore, we are determined to eliminate terrorism in the country and we will, Inshaallah, definitely succeed in our objective. He said that Punjab government has set up a special department for anti-terrorism, side by side Punjab Security Board has also been established for the purpose. He said cooperation of France in the projects of safe drinking water in Lahore and Faisalabad is commendable and these projects will prove to be a milestone for further cementing ties between the two countries. He said that Pakistan is also facing shortage of energy, which is casting negative effects on the economy.