UNITED NATIONS: Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered to his Pakistani counterpart Muhammad Nawaz Sharif assistance in water management to check floods when he met him at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday.
The Dutch leader made the offer during a discussion on the devastating floods in Pakistan. He expressed grief over the loss of life and property damaged caused by the floods, a press release of the Pakistan Mission here said.
The Prime Minister apprised his Dutch counterpart of the Government’s efforts to eliminate terrorism including the ongoing military operation in the tribal areas.
“We have hit hard”, he said and that the operation was going on successfully.
He said that a large number of people from that region were displaced and has to be rehabilitated.
During the meeting, both sides reviewed the existing bilateral relations and expressed the desire to further strengthen trade and investment relations, particularly in the fields of energy, water management and agriculture.
The Prime Minister said that there were already a number of large Dutch companies present in Pakistan and that more companies need to be encouraged to invest and benefit from the favorable investment climate.
Prime Minister Sharif extended him an invitation to visit Pakistan to which he said that he would be glad to visit.
Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Masood Khan and Additional Secretary, PM’s Office, Fawad Hassan Fawad were also present during the meeting.