CM seeks US help in energy sector

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THE NATION, RAWALPINDI, 12th SEPTEMBER 2013:- The US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson called on Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif at Punjab House Murree on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the matters of mutual interest came under discussion.
Talking to the US Ambassador, the CM said that there were deep friendly relations between Pakistan and America and close contacts and harmony exist between both the countries with regard to economic cooperation and international peace. He said that after winning general elections, federal and Punjab governments of PML-N were endeavouring for resolving energy crisis, restoring economy and eliminating terrorism in the country and after evolving a comprehensive strategy, concrete measures were being taken in this regard.
Shahbaz said that provision of all possible facilities and encouragement were being ensured to the foreign investors interested in the energy projects. He said that besides ensuring law and order and speedy implementation on new energy projects, special attention was being paid to the uplift of education, health, infrastructure, and industry and agriculture sectors. Shahbaz said that the US should provide its cooperation and assistance in hydel power generation projects particularly construction of dams. He assured that all possible facilities would be provided to the US investors.
The US Ambassador Richard Olson, speaking on this occasion, said that the US gives great importance to its relations with Pakistan and highly values the role of Pakistan in the war against terrorism. He said that democratic stability in Pakistan was a good omen and there was a room for expanding Pak-US relations in various sectors of development and economic cooperation.
The CM hosted a luncheon in the honour of the ambassador. Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatmi, Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Muhammad Ashfaq Sarwar and senior officials of the US Embassy also attended the luncheon.

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