Guwahati, Feb 6: Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Saturday evening called on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his official residence at Khapara and discussed with him a host of issues.
Basit also invited Chief Minister Gogoi to visit Pakistan. While acknowledging Gogoi's hospitality as heart-warming, the Pak High Commissioner emphasized on the need for both India and Pakistan to live in harmony.
The Pakistani High Commissioner also appreciated the law and order situation in Assam and the arrangement and facilities put in place for the 12th South Asian Games being held in Guwahati, an official release from the CMO said.
Chief Minister Gogoi stressed on regular interaction between people of both countries and said that through extensive use of sports, culture, music as modes of interaction among the people, relations between two countries can be strengthened. Gogoi also said that the spirit of cooperation and goodwill built between the neighboring countries need to be maintained for a better future.
"Abdul Basit also lauded Gogoi's popularity in Assam which has ebled him to be the Chief Minister of the State for three consecutive terms. He also advocated for trade and cultural exchange between Assam and Pakistan. Chief Minister Gogoi also apprised the Pak High Commissioner of the age-old commul amity existing in Assam which has been shaped primarily by the two great saints mely Srimanta Shankardev and Ajan Fakir," the release added.