Islamabad, 7 February 2023 (TDI): Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Leslie Scanlon called on the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Asad M. Khan.

During the meeting, Leslie Scanlon discussed the bilateral relationship between Canada and Pakistan. While Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary highlighted long-standing bi-literal ties between Pakistan and Canada.

The Canadian High Commissioner stressed to further strengthening the ties between the two countries. She also apprised that Canada is evaluating bolstering the futuristic collaboration for the good of economies, cultural exchange, and mutual assistance.

Bi-literal relations

Canada pursues a broad range of interests in its bilateral relations with Pakistan, including people-to-people links, governance and democracy, human rights, climate change, development assistance, regional security and defense, transnational crime, and trade and investment.

Both countries also participate actively on the international stage as members of the United Nations. Both have a long history of significant contributions to peacekeeping.

Canada and Pakistan are also members of the Commonwealth, the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process related to security in Afghanistan and the wider region, and the Malta Process related to international child abductions.

Strengthening further bi-literal ties

Since her appointment to Pakistan, Leslie Scanlon has also met with Minister of Economic Affairs Ayaz Sadiq.

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Leslie Scanlon discussed economic ties with Ayaz Sadiq

The Canadian contingent headed by High Commissioner Leslie Scanlon called on the Minister of Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, to discuss economic relations on Wednesday.

She said that Canada is looking to evaluate the trade and economic relations in various sectors in Pakistan to reap the full potential of trade between Pakistan and Canada.

Minister Ayaz Sadiq highlighted the bi-literal and trade and economic relations with Canada and also apprised that Canada hosts a diversified Pakistani community which is commendable and encouraging for both countries.

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He also appreciated the assistance of the Canadian government and thanked the Canadian High Commissioner for standing with Pakistan in this hour of need.

While discussing the overall volume of trade between both countries, the minister shared that a lot of potential remains to be explored for further enhancing and deepening the ties.