Strength­en­ing re­la­tions with African, Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries stressed

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - MIAN AR­SHAD

IS­LAM­ABAD—The Sen­ate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs on Mon­day un­der­scored the need to fur­ther strengthen bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral re­la­tions with African and Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries. The com­mit­tee also urged the con­cerned depart­ments to ex­plore new av­enues of mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of trade , agri­cul­ture , eco­nomic , cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors with th­ese coun­tries.

The Com­mit­tee, presided over by its Chair­per­son Se­na­tor Nuzhat Sadiq , was given a de­tailed brief­ing by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs on for­eign pol­icy re­gard­ing Latin Amer­i­can and African coun­tries. Mem­bers of the Com­mit­tee were of the view that there is huge po­ten­tial for en­hance­ment of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion with Latin Amer­i­can and African coun­ties and the gov­ern­ment needs to fo­cus on th­ese im­por­tant re­gions by in­creas­ing high level con­tact and par­lia­men­tary co­op­er­a­tion.

The Com­mit­tee ob­served that the trade vol­ume needs to be en­hanced as the cur­rent trade vol­ume was not up to the mark. A mem­ber of the Com­mit­tee pointed out that the num­ber of diplo­matic staff de­puted in the African and Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries needs to be in­creased to ex­pand the diplo­matic net­work and pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties to the in­vestors.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in­formed the Com­mit­tee about the over­all sit­u­a­tion and po­ten­tial of en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion with th­ese re­gions. It was in­formed that Pak­istan is com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing and deep­en­ing mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Latin Amer­ica con­sid­er­ing its vast and unexplored po­ten­tial.

It was in­formed that ge­o­graph­i­cal dis­tance is a ma-jor im­ped­i­ment in en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion which is fur­ther ex­ac­er­bated by the lan­guage bar­rier, var­i­ous types of visa re­stric­tions and small num­ber Pak­istan Com­mu­nity in th­ese coun­tries.

The Chair­per­son and mem­ber of the com­mit­tee ap­pre­ci­ated the For­eign of­fice for re­cent achieve-ments on diplo­matic fronts par­tic­u­larly en­abling Pak­istan to achieve full mem­ber­ship of the SCO , block­ing the In­dian en­try into NSG and prin­ci­pled stance on ad­mit­ting Pak­istan’s claim to Hy­der­abad fund in Bri­tish High court of Jus­tice.

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