PM Khan expressed the desire to deepen bilateral trade and investment with Norway

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad:  On the sidelines of 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Prime Minister Imran Khan met his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on Wednesday, on the occasion PM Khan briefed her on the current situation in Indian controlled Kashmir. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

Imran Khan briefed the Norwegian Prime Minister on the current situation in the Indian controlled  Kashmir entailing grave risks for peace and security. He underscored the need for urgent steps by the international community to help alleviate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people subjected to inhuman lockdown for seven weeks. The two leaders also exchanged views on the Afghanistan issue and underscored the importance of successful conclusion of the peace and reconciliation process.

PM Imran Khan, who is currently in the US to attend the session of the United Nations General Assembly, expressed the desire to further deepen bilateral trade and investment ties during the meeting with Erna Solberg. The two prime ministers also agreed that a vibrant Pakistani diaspora in Norway played an important role in strengthening friendship between the two countries.

Norway is the fourth most important source of remittances for Pakistan in Europe. The value of such remittances from Norway was more than $40 million in 2017-18. Immigration to Norway from Pakistan started in late 1960s. However, since 1975, immigration has mostly been allowed only in cases of family reunification or family establishment.

Today there are nearly 40,000 persons living in Norway who were either born in Pakistan or both of whose parents were born there.

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