Pakistan eager to develop blue economy with EU's help: NA Speaker.

ISLAMABAD -- National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Monday expressed Pakistan's desire to advance its blue economy with the technical and financial support of the European Union.

Talking to a parliamentary delegation from Belgium, he said Belgium and Pakistan had warm relations based on a common commitment to democracy, pluralism, and trust.

The delegation - which has come to Pakistan on a week-long visit at the special invitation of the NA Speaker - comprised Allessia Claes, Senator /Chairperson of the Belgium-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, Karl Vanlourve, State Senator Philippe Courard, PS, State Senator, Georges Dallemagne, Les Engages, Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, and senior officers of Belgium Parliament.

Its visit is intended to further promote parliamentary cooperation between the two sides in a bid to provide all necessary support to maximize gains in trade and promote people-to-people contacts.

The speaker said Pakistan had consistently demonstrated its readiness and commitment to upholding both its constitutional and international commitments for a more secure, environment-friendly, peaceful, and progressive world.

According to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's vision, Pakistan had always supported the peaceful and diplomatic settlement of all international problems, he added.

Pervaiz Ashraf, in response to a query concerning the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, from one of the visiting delegates, said Pakistan was in favor of a peaceful resolution to all problems. 'We had learned from history and our own experience that the only way to achieve enduring peace was via communication. Instead of concentrating all of its efforts on bringing about peace in just one area, the world should do its share to resolve other ongoing conflicts, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir being illegally occupied by India, with equal vigour,' he added.

He emphasised that parliaments may play a significant part in educating the populace about the urgent need for a new world order based on shared ideals of democracy and equality for everyone.

Despite producing less than 1% of the world's greenhouse gases, he...

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