Convener of the Pakistan-Australia Friendship Group in the National Assembly Marriyum Aurangzeb and Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad led the Pakistan side, while the Australian side was led by the Chair of the Australia-Pakistan Friendship Group in the Australian Parliament Rowan Ramsey and Vice-Chair Andrew Giles.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner-designate to Australia Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri and the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Geoffrey Shaw also participated in the meeting.
Appreciating the excellent bilateral relations between Pakistan and Australia, Marriyum Aurangzeb emphasised the need to further enhance cooperation in diverse fields, including parliamentary affairs, trade and investment, education, agriculture and sports.
Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad raised the issue of Pakistani students who are unable to travel to Australia due to the Covid-19 restrictions and hoped the Australian side would assist Pakistani students once the international borders were reopened.
He has also briefed the parliamentarians on the human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Rowan Ramsey underscored the importance of Parliamentary Friendship Groups in the promotion of bilateral relations. He appreciated the Pakistani diaspora in Australia and their contribution to the development of the two countries.
He also thanked Pakistan’s government for assistance in the evacuation of Australian officials and citizens from Afghanistan.