ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani said Tuesday that Pakistan has agreed, in addition to opening its embassy in Djibouti, to extend its diplomatic missions in African countries.
The decision was made under the “Engage Africa Policy,” Mohamed Ali Houmedat Parliament House, acting Chairman and President of the Djibouti National Parliament, said during a meeting with the African Union Parliament.
The Chairman of the Senate said the exchange of parliamentary delegations would direct the agenda, not only between Pakistan and Djibouti, but also with other African countries, for improved trade, political and security cooperation.
Pakistan is undergoing lively exchanges to exchange perspectives with African countries on public sector reforms, technological collaboration, infrastructure growth and private investment.
Djibouti National Parliament President Mohamed Ali Houmed, at the invitation of Senate Chairman Mohammad Sadiq Sanjrani, is heading a 12-member delegation to Pakistan.
The Chairman of the Senate welcomed the visit of the President of the Djibouti National Assembly to Pakistan during the Covid-19 test cycle and expressed the expectation that his visit would deepen the current basis of close fraternal ties between the two countries and open up new perspectives for political, parliamentary and economic cooperation with the African region.
He also recognised Djibouti’s role in supporting peace and stability among African countries and sought support for Pakistan to become an observer member of the Intergovernmental Development Authority (IGAD).
Mr Sanjrani stressed the need for stronger meteorological cooperation between Pakistan and Djibouti in order to track and monitor the movement of locust infestations in the Red Sea, the Arab Sea and the Horn of Africa area.
He told the visiting dignitary that Pakistan had been providing Djibouti with training facilities in the political, banking and railway sectors.
He also heard of the recent tense situation in India-held Kashmir following India’s illegitimate, unlawful and coercive acts to change its contested status in violation of international laws and resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that have become a severe humanitarian crisis.
During the conference, Mr. Sanjrani led a delegation from Pakistan that also included Senators Sajjad Hussain Turi, Mirza Mohammad Afridi, Dr. Ghous Mohammad Khan Niazi, Kuhda Babar, Naseeb Ullah Bazai and Senate Secretary Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan.
The Djibouti parliamentary delegation also met with the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate at the Islamabad House of Parliament and addressed issues of common interest and bilateral importance.
Welcoming the delegation, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, chairman of the committee, noted that the socioeconomic, political and cultural links of both countries are intertwined.
He said that Pakistan and Djibouti were Muslim countries and that their geographical positions in the international scene had increased political meaning.