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    Pak PM to discuss ecomomic ties with global leaders in Davos

    Islamabad (PTI): Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said he would discuss the need for greater economic cooperation for Pakistan's development during his meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

    Talking to reporters here before embarking on a four-day visit to attend the economic summit in Davos, Gilani said the focus of his parleys with world leaders would be to solicit their support to alleviate poverty in Pakistan.

    Replying about his address at the WEF's special session on Pakistan, Gilani said the country wished to maintain good relations with all its neighbours.

    "You have to wait to hear what I have to say," he said when asked what he would say on relations with India, which have hit a low following the Mumbai terror attacks.

    Gilani is expected to meet several world leaders, including his British and Russian counterparts, and CEOs of global companies on the sidelines of the WEF meet. The summit is the first meeting of heads of government and states and global corporations in the wake of a global economic crisis.

    The premier is accompanied by an entourage comprising Commerce Minister Amin Fahim, Privatisation Minister Naveed Qamar and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar.

    Gilani will also meet the British and French foreign ministers and the presidents of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which extended a special bailout package to Pakistan last year.


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