Islamabad (HRNW): French President Emmanuel Macron has phoned Prime Minister Imran Khan to congratulate him on his party’s election victory and for assuming the PM office, During the conversation, PM Imran Khan called for further developing bilateral relations with France into a mutually beneficial, broad -based and long-term partnership. Appreciating the presence of a large number of French companies in Pakistan, the PM invited more French investments into the country. The PM also briefed the French President on regional situation, especially the importance of a peaceful settlement of Afghan issue, and on Pakistan’s relations with India. He underscored the need for resumption of comprehensive dialogue between Pakistan and India to address all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
He referred to the sad plight of Kashmiris facing massive human rights violations and the need for international community to play its role to mitigate sufferings of Kashmiri people. PM Imran Khan also invited President Macron to visit Pakistan which the French leader accepted. The French President expressed the desire to cooperate with Pakistan in the fields of energy, water resource management, trade, and economy and to work together on issues of mutual interest at global level. President Macron also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism, and recognized the high price paid by it while dealing with this menace.