High Commissioner of Pakistan presents his credentials in Botswana
High Commissioner Najm us Saqib and President Seretse Khama of Botswana discussing Pakistan-Botswana relations, after the Credentials Ceremony, in Gaborone, on 10 June, 2014
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in South Africa Mr. Najm us Saqib presented his credentials to President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana, in Gaborone on 10 June 2014. Besides accreditation to South Africa, the High Commissioner is concurrently accredited to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland.
The High Commissioner conveyed warm greetings and good wishes from President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to President Khama, which were warmly reciprocated.
The President thanked the High Commissioner for a detailed briefing on the economic and trade policies of the Pakistani government and expressed his Government's intentions to strengthen economic and trade relations with Pakistan in the days ahead. In a focussed and detailed meeting held after the Credentials ceremony, President Khama and High Commissioner Saqib also discussed ways and means to strengthen bilateral relations in different fields.
The High Commissioner and the President discussed Pak-India relations, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan's vital role in achieving durable peace in the region. Briefly touching upon Prime Minister Sharif's vision of “peace for development”, the High Commissioner stated that ever since assuming office in June 2013, Prime Minister Sharif has made unstinting efforts to create a peaceful external environment, so that the core national objective of economic development is vigorously advanced.
Availing of the opportunity, the High Commissioner highlighted the constructive role being played by the peaceful Pakistani Community based in Botswana, for the economic and social wellbeing of Botswana.
In a separate detailed meeting, the High Commissioner and Foreign Minister Phandu Skelemani of Botswana, inter alia, discussed the establishment of a Joint Commission between the two countries, to formally discuss and expand bilateral relations.
During his short visit to Botswana, the High Commissioner also held fruitful meetings with Botswana's Permanent Secretary of Trade, Permanent Secretary of Defence, President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CEO of Botswana Development Corporation and Botswana based Pakistani businessmen. In addition, the High Commissioner interacted extensively with the Pakistani Community based in Botswana and took effective measures to address their individual problems.
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