Islamabad, March 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): “Canada was built by immigrants and we welcome Pakistani tourists, international students and businessmen in Canada” said Mr. Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, Canada, while addressing Pakistan Day reception held at Ottawa, says a press release received from Ottawa here today. The Minister said that our policies continue to uphold the age-old tradition that immigration strengthens all facets of Canadian life.
“Our immigration policies would benefit all Canadians and contribute to economic growth and keep the country at the forefront of the global economy”, he added. The Minister appreciated the positive and constructive role being played by the Pakistani community in Canada for further strengthening of the relationship between the two countries.
The Minister said that he is looking forward to visit Pakistan during the year, as exchange of parliamentary and officials’ delegations will further enhance our bilateral relations. In his address the High Commissioner of Pakistan, Mr. Tariq Azim Khan said that as Canada pursues a path to diversifying its partnerships, Pakistan is one of the emerging economies in Asia offering tremendous opportunities.
Pakistan seeks reviving the full spectrum relations in political, trade, investment and development fields with Canada. The High Commissioner acknowledged with gratitude that the Canada’s visa processing time for Pakistan has significantly improved recently. He congratulated the large Pakistani Diaspora for their valuable contribution to the political, economic and socio-cultural fabric of Canada. A large number of Canadian Parliamentarians, Government Officials, Civil Society, media persons, members of Ottawa Diplomatic Corps and community members attended the reception.
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