Pakistan, Ethopia reaffirm commitment to expand bilateral relations

Pakistan to explore new avenues of cooperation under “Engage Africa” policy

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Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received Ambassador Redwan Hussien, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, at the Foreign Office today. Ambassador Hussien is visiting Pakistan as the Special Envoy of Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Noting the long history of fraternal ties and close cooperation between the two countries, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan wanted to explore new avenues for collaboration between Pakistan and Ethiopia. He welcomed the initiation of bilateral consultations between the two countries at the Foreign Secretary-level.

The Foreign Minister lauded Ethiopia’s decision to prioritize Pakistan among the countries where it is opening new diplomatic missions.

The Foreign Minister also underlined the importance of reviving direct flights between Addis Ababa and Karachi, noting that it would be an important measure for promoting bilateral trade and people-to-people exchanges.

The Foreign Minister also highlighted the Government’s “Engage Africa” policy to deepen its across-the-board engagement with the African continent and the steps taken in this regard.

Ambassador Hussien thanked the Government of Pakistan for its hospitality and reaffirmed Ethiopia’s desire for further enhancing bilateral ties, especially in the trade and economic realms. Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood held wide-ranging talks with Ambassador Redwan Hussien, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, in the inaugural round of Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) today. They reviewed the full gamut of bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The Foreign Secretary reiterated that Pakistan attached high importance to its relations with Ethiopia and looked forward to exploring new areas for mutually beneficial cooperation, particularly in the economic, trade, and agricultural domains. He welcomed Ethiopia’s decision to open its Embassy in Islamabad.

The Foreign Secretary highlighted Pakistan’s “Engage Africa” vision aimed at deepening political, trade, economic, investment, cultural, and security engagement with the African Continent. In this regard, he noted that Pakistan was expanding its diplomatic footprint in Africa by opening five new resident missions and upgrading others.

Ambassador Hussien said that Ethiopia’s decision to establish its diplomatic presence in Islamabad was a reflection of the importance it attached to strengthening its engagement with Pakistan.

The Foreign Secretary recalled that Pakistan had a long history of working together on multilateral forums in support of international peace and stability. He also shared Pakistan’s perspective on the situation in Afghanistan, stressing the need for enhanced international actions to address the humanitarian and economic crises.

The Foreign Secretary also highlighted the serious human rights situation in IIOJK since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 and stressed the imperative of resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the overall trajectory of bilateral relations, reinforced by regular interaction at the leadership level.

Ambassador Hussien is visiting Pakistan as the Special Envoy of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali.

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