Center for Middle East and Africa (CEMA) is all set to shine at ISSI Pakistan in Islamabad inaugurated by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood. The foreign Secretary highlighted the political, economic, and strategic importance of the Middle East and Africa.
Throwing light on the bilateral ties with the Middle East, the foreign secretary assures that Pakistan will step forward in diversifying areas of cooperation. The foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood emphasized the strong bonds of harmony with the Middle East which were rooted for a long time in shared religion, culture, and value.
He acknowledged Pakistan and the Middle East stood together on numerous significant events in past and shows willingness to further efforts in doing the same in future.
The foreign secretary praised the hefty contributions of more than four million Pakistani’s which are engaged day and night serving host nations and simultaneously contributing to the development of Pakistan.
The Foreign Secretary said that Africa and Pakistan share a frequent history of the successful battle against colonialism and faced similar problems to develop prosperous nations.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary informed the members of Pakistan’s “Engage Africa” Initiative, that Pakistan is on the frontier to expedite it efforts on political, economic and diplomatic grounds. Recognizing the transitions in the two regions, the foreign secretary highlighted the need to invest in energy to build on stronger regional dynamics.
In such a manner, he complimented the ISSI for making a significant stride in building up the center for the Middle East and Africa. The Foreign Secretary hoped that this center will help in developing better understanding of energy transitions occurring in the two regions and help establish a solid partnership. In addition to the host, Director General ISSI, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, the inaugural ceremony was addressed by the High Commissioner of Kenya to Pakistan, His Excellency Julius Bitok, and Director CMEA Amina Khan.
Center for Middle East and Africa (CEMA) is all set to shine at ISSI Pakistan : Source
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