Pakistan and Bhutan on Tuesday vowed to play more active and vibrant role to promote the SAARC organization and its activities for the development of the region. Prime Minister of Bhutan Jigmi Y. Thinley, who had a meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani here on the sidelines of the 16th SAARC Summit, emphasized the importance of the organisation and the need for closer cooperation. The meeting was held in a very cordial and friendly atmosphere at the Pakistan House, where Prime Minister Gilani was staying. Prime Minister said the spirit of SAARC that has brought together all the members here at Thimphu should be used to bring the people of the region more closer. He said, “We must utilize the SAARC forum to develop relationship between the member states as well as for the peace and prosperity in the region.” He said the SAARC forum would also provide a chance to develop and strengthen relations between the member states beyond the substance of the conference. Gilani congratulating the Prime Minister of Bhutan for excellent arrangements for the 16th Summit also thanked him for extending very warm hospitality. He also appreciated the reception at the Paro airport and throughout the route to the Thimphu city, the venue of the summit. The Prime Minister said the warm reception given to him clearly indicates the already strong relations between the two countries and expressed the hope that the present summit would further strengthen these relations. Prime Minister Gilani emphasised the need for further expanding relations at people to people level and at the level of parliamentarians. He said frequent exchange of visits by both the countries would bring their people closer. Appreciating the theme of environment of the SAARC summit, the Prime Minister Gilani said it was very important issue not only for the region but also for the world. He said better environment was a must for a better and prosperous future of the world. The Prime Minister of Bhutan Jigmi Y Thinley appreciated the efforts of Pakistan to improve law and order situation in Swat and added that improvement of the situation would help the people from Bhutan to visit that area as it was the birth place of second most important Bhudda Guru Padmas Ambava. He expressed the hope that in near future, more people from Bhutan will be able to visit Swat. Prime Minister Gilani extended an invitation to the Prime Minister of Bhutan to visit Pakistan, which was accepted by him and he promised to visit Pakistan on mutually agreed dates. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other high officials from the Foreign Office were also present in the meeting that lasted for over half an hour.
By: Ary News