Pakistan and Kenya hold political consultations under ‘Engage Africa’ initiative

Pakistan and Kenya officials discuss trade, investments, air connectivity

Pakistan and Kenya officials discussed entire spectrum of bilateral relations, mutual cooperation in the multilateral fora, and peace and security issues in the respective regions.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Principal Secretary of Kenyan Foreign Ministry Ambassador Kamau Macharia held the 3rd round of bilateral political consultations (BPC) through video-conference on January 29, the Foreign Office said.

Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to forge multifaceted cooperation with the African Continent, as part of the “Engage Africa” initiative under which Pakistan is working simultaneously to enhance its diplomatic footprint in Africa and deepen economic engagement with African partners.

Noting Pakistan’s historic linkages with Kenya and the cordiality of bilateral political relations, Mahmood stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation in the fields of trade, investments, air connectivity and ports linkages, security and defence, and education and training between Pakistan and Kenya.

Underscoring the importance of regional connectivity, Pakistani official also mnetioned CPEC’s significance as a transformational project.

The two sides also exchanged views on the wide range of issues of common interest on the multilateral agenda from peace and security to sustainable development to climate change.

The foreign secretary extended felicitations to Kenya on its assumption of the non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

Pakistan’s side highlighted the country’s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process as well as the serious situation in IIOJK.

Pakistan is Kenya’s top trading partner. The two sides have mechanisms for regular interface on the political, official, parliamentary, and business-to-business planes. The two sides agreed that high-level exchanges will be enhanced and bilateral cooperation expanded through specific initiatives.

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