Visiting Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi held talks with Pakistani leaders on bilateral relations and international issues Tuesday, April 17, signing several cooperation agreements.
Youssoufi who arrived in Islamabad Monday on a three-day visit, met with military ruler General Pervez Musharraf and President Mohamad Rafiq Tarar, while a large delegations accompanying him held talks with senior Pakistani officials.
Pakistan and Morocco signed five agreements on promoting cooperation in economic, shipping and cultural spheres and a memorandum of understanding following talks between Youssoufi and Musharraf, an official statement said.
The two countries have limited trade of $50 million but Youssoufi was quoted by official Pakistani media as saying his country could provide a conduit for the flow of Pakistani goods to African and European markets.
After talks with Musharraf the Moroccan prime minister called for a dialogue between South Asian rivals Pakistan and India to find a peaceful settlement to their dispute over the divided Himalayan state of Kashmir.
"I would stress the need to resolve this issue peacefully through dialogue between the two sides." he said. Musharraf briefed Youssafai on Pakistan defense production and range of weapons being produced by it.
Pakistan has emerged as an exporter of small arms to different countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia. The situation in Afghanistan, where the ruling Taliban is locked in war with an opposition alliance, was also discussed.
The statement said Musharraf told Youssoufi the world should engage with the Taliban by accepting the realities on the ground in Afghanistan. — (AFP, Islamabad)
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