Strengthening relations with African, Latin American countries stressed
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.