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Pakistani Premiere Shaukhat Aziz in Seoul
Signs Deal to Receive US$ 20 Mil. Fund from Seoul
An agreement is signed for fund provision while Premiere Aziz (left) and his counterpart Lee Hai-Chan look on in Seoul.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukhat Aziz met with a group of local journalists at a hotel in Seoul in the morning of Sept. 29, 2005 to deliver Pakistan's position on various bilateral issues to the South Korean public.

His delegation arrived in the South Korean capital a day earlier on a three-day official visit.

On Sept. 29, 2005 Premiere Aziz held talks with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Hae-Chan. He is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Roh Moo-Hyun later.

Premiere Aziz signed an agreement to receive an economic cooperation fund of 20 million US dollars from South Korean Export and Import Bank in the form of EDCF.

He is schedulde to sign another agreement with the South Korean government on cultural exchanges.

On Sept. 28, 2005, the Pakistani prime minister and his delegation arrived at Seoul Airport (K-16 Air Base) in the eastern part of the capital city.

They were received by South Korea's vice foreign minister and his wife. South Korean honor guard greeted the visiting premier and his delegation members.

Premier Aziz visited Japan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunai and Singapore before coming to Seoul, the last leg of his trip to East Asian countries. He is visiting these nations as part of his government's "Vision East Asia" policy.

Premiere Aziz discussed a variety of international and regional issues with South Korean leaders including South Korean premiere Lee Hai-Chan during his visit.

During the talks he pursued South Korea's assistance in economic and technological sectors. He also sought ways to boost bilateral trade as well as to induce investment from South Korean businesses.

The Pakistani prime minister briefed the South Korean leaders on his nation's efforts to fight global terrorism, on issues regarding Indo-Pakistan peace process, the political situation in Afghanistan.

Creating more and better employment opportunities for overseas Pakistanis, particularly those in South Korea, will also be on the agenda for talks with South Korean politicians.

Premiere Azia delivered to Seoul leaders Islamabad's position on keeping the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free, Islamabad's support to the on-going six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear issue.

Aziz's visit to Seoul is the third one by a highest level Pakistani leader after Premiere Benazir Bhutto's visit in 1996 and President Pervez Musharraf's visit in 2003.






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