Bilateral Relations between Pakistan and South Africa Reviewed
19 May, 2016
Pakistan and South Africa bilateral relations are increasing with a steady pace. In a Review Meeting held today at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Pretoria, both sides discussed and reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations in the political, diplomatic, economic, trade and defence fields.
An agenda item specifically focussed on relaxing visa restrictions with special reference to the presence of more than 100,000 Pakistanis living in South Africa. The Pakistani delegation was led by High Commissioner Najm us Saqib while the South African delegation was headed by Ms Andrea Kühn, Chief Director, Asia and Oceania, DIRCO.
The meeting, inter alia, decided to hold the 5th Session of the Joint Commission in Islamabad later this year, at the level of Minister of State/Deputy Foreign Minister.
The Review Meeting, in particular, discussed the progress and implementations status of the decisions taken in the 4th Session of the Joint Commission that was held in Pretoria, in November, 2014. Today’s Review Meeting was held following a decision taken by both sides to periodically review the pace of implementation of decisions previously taken by the Governments of Pakistan and South Africa.
The two countries expressed satisfaction at the progress achieved so far and the strengthening of bilateral relations in all fields. Besides increasing two way investments, the two sides agreed to increase cooperation in the important sectors of mining, energy, transportation and consular issues. Both sides also underlined the need of having frequent and regular interaction for further deepening of political, trade and economic relations. South Africa is the largest trading partner of Pakistan in the continent.
Satisfaction was also expressed at the recent high level contacts between the two countries in the defence and defence production fields. Special attention was accorded to future cooperation in Agriculture, Health and Education Sectors by floating a number of proposals in these fields. Both sides agreed to finalise MoUs and Agreements especially on Security related matters before the holding of the 5th Joint Commission.
High Commission for Pakistan
Pretoria, South Africa