By Our Staff Reporter
Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Wednesday that his country would soon establish a resident diplomatic mission in Djibouti.
The announcement was made during a meeting with the 12-member African Union Parliamentary Delegation led by the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Djibouti, Mohamed Ali Houmed, in the capital of Islamabad, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The delegation is on an official visit to Pakistan for a week.
In welcoming the delegation, Khan underscored the importance of Pakistan’s “Engage Africa” policy, which aims to build closer ties with the continent by expanding Islamabad’s diplomatic footprint and deepening economic engagement.
Both sides affirmed a shared desire to broaden bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields, the statement added.
Both sides also exchanged views on the importance of peace and security in the neighbouring regional context of both Pakistan and Djibouti.
Houmed, for his part, appreciated Pakistan’s “historical” support and expressed hope that visit of parliamentary delegation would help further consolidate Djibouti-Pakistan relations.
The chairman of Pakistan’s upper house -the Senate-, Sadiq Sanjrani, was also present during the meeting.