Iraqi Ambassador Hamid Abbas Lufta met with Senate Speaker Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani on Wednesday in Parliament and discussed issues of mutual concern, including bilateral trade and the current political situation in Iraq.
The President of the Senate declared on this occasion that the relations between Pakistan and Iraq were based on religion, brotherhood, Islamic culture, mutual respect and common values.
Pakistan attaches great importance to the long-standing brotherly relations with Iraq, and bilateral relations can be further strengthened through parliamentary and economic cooperation. He stressed the need to increase parliamentary exchanges.
He said parliamentarians from the two countries can play an important role in making bilateral relations more stable and bringing the two countries closer together.
A detailed discussion took place regarding the further promotion of bilateral trade. Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani was of the view that the current volume of mutual trade does not match the potential of both countries.
The volume of trade can be further increased by establishing contacts between the chambers of commerce of the two countries. The Senate Speaker said Iraq could import rice, surgical instruments, sports equipment, furniture and other products from Pakistan.
The Senate Speaker said there was a need to increase direct air links between Pakistan and Iraq. He also stressed the need to promote unity among Muslim countries to effectively overcome the challenge of Islamophobia.
Iraqi Ambassador Hamid Abbas Lufta said Iraq values its friendly relations with Pakistan and wants to further expand the existing relations by establishing strong economic and trade ties.
He appreciated the Pakistani Diaspora in Iraq for their services and assured all possible facilities to religious pilgrims from Pakistan.