Pakistan urges Thailand to send tourists
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate, Nayyer Hussain Bokhari on Thursday said Pakistan gives great importance to its relations with Thailand and wants to further strengthen them in various spheres, including enhancing parliamentary as well as people to people contact, trade, tourism and cultural relations.
He was expressing these views in a meeting with Thai ambassador Marwin T. Attanawin at Parliament house. Thai ambassador expressed gratitude for the invitation by Chairman Senate Nayyer Bokhari to Thai Chairman Senate and his delegation that is likely to visit Pakistan by the end of this month. He said that this visit would further cement bilateral ties. He told the Chairman that last year, Thai Princess visited Pakistan and at the beginning of this year Thai Deputy Prime minister also visited Pakistan and this shows constantly increasing engagements between the two countries at various levels.
Bokhari said that this upcoming visit of upper house of Thai Parliament “will definitely prove fruitful and will give them opportunity to witness ongoing electoral process for upcoming elections.” The Chairman told the Ambassador that they will have opportunity not only to interact with Senators and Speaker National Assembly Fehmida Mirza but will be able to visit Taxila city which is the center of Gandhara civilization and Buddhist relics.
The Chairman said that Thailand is an important transit route to East Asia and hence, it receives large number of people including tourists from around the world. Bokhari highlighted that while many Pakistanis visited Thiland, the figure is not as significant the other way around. He urged Thai citizens to visit Pakistan for tourism.
“Thai tourists can visit in various groups and local administration and ministry of religious harmony and cultural integration can be involved to facilitate them,” he said.
Thai ambassador told the Chairman that Thai people are “very much interested in visiting Buddhist sites in Pakistan and this tourist and cultural exchange and enhancing people to people contacts can be taken up through diplomatic channels.”