President stresses strong economic ties with African countries

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday stressed the need for more concerted efforts to strengthen the trade and economic ties with African countries.

The President expressed these views while talking to Imran Yawar, Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and permanent observer to African Union (AU) here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The President said Pakistan values its close and cordial relationship with Ethiopia and urged the newly appointed ambassador to focus on further consolidating the bilateral relations
particularly in trade and commerce sectors.

He said that Pakistan’s relations with Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular do not commensurate with the real trade potential and existing goodwill.

The President congratulated Imran Yawar on his new responsibilities and discussed with him matters pertaining to his diplomatic assignment.

The ambassador-designate thanked the President for reposing confidence in him and assured that he would concentrate on augmenting Pakistan’s bilateral ties with Ethiopia with particular focus on enhancing trade, business and economic ties.