Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali
Zardari is to visit France next week for a second time since
taking office nearly two years ago, Islamabad announced on 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
USD 1.1 billion 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.