Ambassador of Romania NicolaeGoia has hinted at resumption of scholarship programme for Pakistani students adding Romania and Pakistan have established diplomatic relations in 1964, that are constantly on the move since then.
The Romanian ambassador expressed these views while talking to DNA.
The ambassador further said “ we have had uninterrupted diplomatic ties for over 50 years, during which my country has contributed to the development of Pakistani economy by building cement factories in Labelled and Kohat, refineries in Karachi, tractor assembly factory near Islamabad and many other projects in various fields”.
The very existence of the Romanian and Pakistani parliamentary friendship groups is important to continue parliamentary contacts at all levels with Pakistan, especially to the political-diplomatic dialogue between both Parliaments, he added.
To a question about cultural cooperation the ambassador said, nowadays, there is a strong need to strengthen the international economic and cultural cooperation and, simultaneously, to reconstruct the traditional relationship with the old friends, Pakistan among them.
Besides the bilateral cooperation through mutual investments, we are also interested to find options of working together on the third markets where, Romania and Pakistan might conjugate their resources and energies in the most constructive way.
In education sector, there are a strengthening connection between universities from Romania and Pakistan and over 200 Pakistani students are currently studying in Romania.
Till 2010, in the framework of Agreement of Cooperation in the fields of education, culture, science and technology between the Government of Romania and the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Romanian side had offered annually a number of scholarships to Pakistani students for postgraduate studies in the fields of interest for the Pakistani side.
He said, since 2011, in the framework of “Study in Romania" Programme, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Public, Cultural and Scientific Diplomacy Directorate, in cooperating with Ministry of National Education has facilitated educational exchanges and has ensured foreign citizens the possibility to study in Romania.
The Romania side is negotiating with the Pakistani side to sign a new Programme of Cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture, mass-media, youth and sports between the Government of Romania and the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
‘A separate indication of the importance the two countries attaché to the cultural cooperation is the Monument dedicated to the National Poets of Romania, Mihail EMINESCU, and of Pakistan, Allama IQBAL, which was constructed in 2004 in Islamabad”.
Ambassador Goia also talked about people to people contact and said, “I genuinely believe Pakistan has a rich cultural background and so does Romania, therefore, multiplying the number of contacts in this particular area shall be high on my agenda during my stay”.
Bilateral cultural relations are playing an important role in the development of friendship and partnership between the peoples of Romania and Pakistan.
“ I believe that cultural ties thanks to historical relations and the warm feelings that the two peoples share for each other create a huge potential for greater collaboration. We are also convinced that future holds even better prospects as regards cultural relations between Romania and Pakistan”.
The ambassador said he was very confident that the newly inaugurated Pakistan Romania Forum (PRF) will rapidly grow into an efficient machine able to achieve important goals in the bilateral relation.
Pakistan is a beautiful country with a dynamic and entrepreneurial population and vibrant cultural diversity.
“I, as the Romanian Ambassador in Pakistan, have developed a true affection for this country, my second home for a while, and wish with all my heart that Pakistan will enjoy stability, peace and prosperity the Pakistani people so much deserve”, he concluded