Pakistan's Zardari to visit France next week

29th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is to visit France next week for a second time since taking office nearly two years ago, Islamabad announced Thursday.

Zardari will be in France from Sunday to Wednesday for talks with french leaders on regional and global issues; trade and investment, and science and technology, foreign ministry spokesman, Abdul Basit told reporters.

Zardari visited France in May last year when both countries agreed to cooperate in the nuclear field, with Islamabad claiming an important breakthrough in its bid to be seen as a responsible nuclear power.

Basit said trade between France and Pakistan reached 1.1 billion dollars in 2009 and that approximately 70,000 Pakistanis live in France.

France is a major exporter of nuclear technology, and last year agreed to supply Pakistan's rival India with between two and six modern reactors.

© 2010 AFP

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