Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla in a meeting with Indonesian Ambassador “Iwan Suyudhie Amri” at parliament House on Thursday has called for enhancing parliamentary linkages and activating the parliamentary friendship groups in the parliaments of both the countries to revive the historic ties between the two nations and steering the agenda for boosting the economic cooperation.
The meeting was also attended by Convener of the Pakistan Indonesia Friendship group in the Senate of Pakistan Senator Moula Bux Chandio and Senator Krishna Kumari.
Deputy Chairman Senate proposed formulating an experience sharing mechanism between the two parliaments to benefit from the technical expertise as well as insight on each other’s working in wake of the new composition of Indonesian Parliament. He recalled that Pakistan and Indonesia have had cordial relations historically.
“Pakistan has had unprecedented relationships with Indonesia in the past, which were not only on political front but were also based on mutual economic cooperation. Both sides need to make collective efforts to revive these relations to optimal level in all the areas of mutual interest”, he maintained. He said that we need to search more avenues to increase trade cooperation and promoting the business volume between the two countries. Deputy Chairman apprised the Indonesian Ambassador about the atrocities being committed by the Indian occupied forces in India Held Kashmir.
The ambassador agreed with the views expressed by the Deputy Chairman Senate and said that he will convey the aspiration of the Pakistan about the Kashmir issue to the Indonesian parliament and apprised that existing trade between both countries has increased in recent years. However there is a capacity to boost trade further and his country is interested to import meat, tobacco and textiles products.
Deputy Chairman Senate observed that Senate of any country being the Upper House of Parliament and having members of professional expertise has the power to push ahead the agendas of the government. Indonesia and Pakistan Parliament through more frequent exchanges and effective friendship groups in the parliaments should devise mechanism to enhance cooperation in Tourism, technology transfer, trade and commerce.