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French President calls Imran Khan to congratulate him on election victory

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

French telephoned newly-elected and congratulated him on his party's victory in the

During the telephone call Thursday evening, congratulated for assuming the office of the prime minister, said a statement issued by the

thanked for his call and expressed the desire for further developing bilateral relations with into a mutually beneficial, broad-based and long-term partnership.

He also briefed the French on the regional situation, especially the importance of a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan, and on Pakistan's relations with

"He (Khan) underscored the need for the resumption of the comprehensive dialogue with to address all outstanding issues, including the dispute," the statement said.

The ties between the two Asian neighbours had strained after the terror attacks in by Pakistan-based groups in 2016.

Khan also invited Macron to visit Pakistan, which the French leader accepted.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 16:15 IST
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