Islamabad: The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, Ambassador Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeim, accompanied by a delegation made three days visit of Pakistan to participate in the meetings of bilateral political consultation committee. The fourth round of bilateral political consultations between Pakistan and Sudan was held at Islamabad Thursday.
Mohammad Waheed-Ul-Hasan, Special Secretary for Middle East and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Pakistan side, while Mr. Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeim, Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, headed the Sudanese delegation.
The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of Pakistan-Sudan bilateral relations; both sides reiterated their commitment to further intensify cooperation in the field of culture, tourism, defence, education and science & technology. To further intensify commercial ties, the sides stressed the need for greater interaction between private sectors of the two countries, business-to-business contacts and increased participation in each others’ trade fairs.
It was also decided that efforts will be made to convene the next round of Joint Ministerial Commission in Islamabad next year. Delegations also discussed regional issues and matters pertaining to cooperation at multilateral fora and expressed satisfaction on the existing close cooperation at regional and international organizations. The Sudanese side was briefed on Pakistan’s policy of promoting peaceful neighborhood and monumental efforts made in Counter-terrorism. The Sudanese delegation gave an overview of the current situation in Darfur and relations with South Sudan and other neighboring countries.
Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeim Meets with Sartaj Aziz
Later Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz called on Ambassador Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeim, after the conclusion of 4th round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sudan. Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan is pursuing ‘Look Africa’ policy to strengthen its relations with African countries.
Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeim, expressed his satisfaction at the overall trajectory of Pak-Sudan relations and reaffirmed his country commitment to work for further intensify cooperation in the field of culture, tourism, defense, education and science and technology. He stressed the need for greater interaction between private sectors of the two countries and increased participation in each others trade fairs.
The Pakistan-Sudan People’s Friendship Association (PSPFA)
The Pakistan-Sudan People’s Friendship Association (PSPFA) was launched here Friday under the aegis of the Embassy of Sudan and research-based think tank Muslim Institute.
Sudan’s Charge d’ Affaires Ahmad Abdelrehman Mohammad, PML(N) Chairman Senator Raja Zafar-Ul-Haq and chairman of Muslim Institute Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali inaugurated association. The purpose of PSPFA will be to engage the people of Pakistan and Sudan to promote research and intellectual exchange, education, agriculture, health, business, trade and commerce, culture, tourism, youth cooperation and peace and harmony.
Ambassadors and delegations of different countries including Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Algeria, South Africa and large number of people from academia, politicians, social activists, researchers and businessmen participated in the ceremony. Speakers who expressed their views on the occasion spoke about deep-rooted relations between the two countries due to history, religion, culture, and shared perceptions on major regional and global affairs.
They hoped that the association would strengthen people-to-people contact between the two countries. “There is a need for cooperation between people having the same world view but living in different regions in order to progress in the global village. In the current turmoil across different regions of the Muslim world, we need to realize that our stability and prosperity lies in dealing the contemporary challenges through research and dialogue, peace, stability, prosperity, science and technology and socio-economic justice,” one of the speakers maintained.
A reference was also made to the excellent relations between Pakistan and Sudan in the field of education, given that many Sudanese students continue to seek admissions in Pakistani colleges and universities. Contacts between businessmen of the two countries are on the rise and would certainly boost bilateral trade. Around 2,000 Pakistanis are currently residing in Sudan and are doing small-scale businesses; yet, there is a lot of potential to work together in fields of mutual interest, specifically in areas like research and analysis, trade and industry, and agriculture. Similarly, networking between different organizations and institutions of the two countries can play an effective role in the realization of these ideas.
The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress”