Pakistan has asked Romanian investors and businessmen to avail the huge trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan.

Addressing a joint press conference along with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu, the foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said a huge potential existed for the Romanian investors in not only promoting the bilateral trade ties but also from the prospects of Pakistan being a hub of exports to Central Asia as the new markets were now being opened up for the world.

He said Pakistan was building an economic corridor with China, and the construction of Gwadar port would open the world to the landlocked Central Asian Republics and Afghanistan.

He said that during his meetings with the Romanian leadership, they discussed measures to promote economic relations.

The foreign minister said great opportunities existed between the two countries to further develop understanding as it was the right time to move ahead. He added that Pakistan has been an important trader of the EU and Pakistan has a very important relationship with the EU and its members.

Later on, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Monday met Prime Minister of Romania Nicolae Ciucă wherein they discussed the bilateral matters, the situation in Afghanistan, and the human rights abuses in the IIOJK.

On his arrival at the PM Office, Foreign Minister Qureshi was received by the Romanian Chief of Protocol.

The foreign minister conveyed good wishes from Prime Minister Imran Khan and highlighted the historic and cordial ties between the two countries.

He told the Romanian PM that Pakistan desired to establish broad-based and result-oriented ties with his country and the current improvement of the bilateral relations manifested the vision of the two leaderships.

The foreign minister lauded the anti-COVID measures by Romania and thanked the Romanian PM for a donation of 500,000 doses of anti-COVID vaccines to Pakistan by his government.

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă appreciated the role of Pakistan in the context of Afghanistan particularly for the evacuation of the Romanian citizens.

Discussing the regional and international matters, the foreign minister particularly highlighted the Indian human rights abuses in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the situation in Afghanistan.

He also appreciated Romania’s role to support Pakistan in obtaining the GSP Plus facility.

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