Former Deputy Italian Prime Minister Pledges to take up Kashmir issue at EU forums
Saleem also said that Italy is Pakistan's ninth-largest export destination worldwide.
The former deputy prime minister of Italy and the head of the coalition ruling party, Matteo Salvini, has expressed solidarity with the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) who are suffering human rights violations.
He also pledged to raise the matter at the European Union (EU) forums.
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— Jauhar Saleem (@jauhars) April 20, 2021
Salvini, who is the head of the second-largest party called the Northern League in the Italian Parliament, has been an active member of the EU for many years.
In a meeting with the Pakistani Ambassador in Italy, Jauhar Saleem, Salvini appreciated Islamabad’s efforts to promote peace and human rights in its region.
Salvini also expressed his keenness to expand bilateral ties in all areas, especially trade and investment.
During the one-to-one exchange, a mutual desire for high-level exchanges was expressed with Senator Salvini inviting Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit the European country and Ambassador Saleem inviting the Northern League leader to visit the South Asian nation as the head of a parliamentary delegation.
Saleem lauded the steadfastness of the Italian government in the face of the disastrous Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a loss of hundreds of lives in Italy and hugely affected its economy.
He also advised the Italian leader on the innovative strategies employed by the Pakistani government to hinder the spread of the virus and lessen its effects on the economy.
Saleem also said that Italy is Pakistan’s ninth-largest export destination worldwide.
The total volume of trade between Pakistan and Italy is over $1.5 billion, and the balance of trade is in Pakistan’s favor.
The ambassador said that Italy had backed Pakistan’s case of the EU, Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP- Plus) during the review in 2020.
Italy had aided Pakistan in olive cultivation. Now, the embassy of Pakistan in Rome is assisting Italian firms to invest in Pakistan to set up industrial units for olive products and olive oil in Pakistan, he said.
Envoy Saleem stated that the Pakistani authorities facilitate Italian investment in the agriculture, industrial stones, textile, and leather sectors of Pakistan.
He added that the Pakistani embassy in Rome regularly reached out to Italian businesses to promote bilateral trade and investment relations.
Italy hosts the biggest Pakistani diaspora in the EU who are contributing to Pakistan’s development via their remittances and investment ventures.
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