Pakistan’s relations with many African countries date back to their respective
independence movements. Pakistan supported both morally and materially
countries such as Algeria, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Morocco,
Libya, Egypt and Nigeria. These relations are based on mutual respect,
solidarity, and good political will. Today, Pakistan has resident missions in 13
African countries while others are covered through concurrent accreditation.
Pakistan-African relations stand today on solid grounds in a rapidly changing
world. Pakistan shares with African nations a common background and
similar post independence problems. Therefore, under its new “Look Africa“
policy, Pakistan has sought closer economic, social and cultural cooperation
with the African nation states for closer economic, social and cultural
cooperation for the common good.
In this regard, the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) organized
a Pakistan-Africa Roundtable to commemorate Africa Day on July 30, 2019.
Pakistan‘s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi gave the
Keynote Address.Mr. Sohail Mahmood, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, also
graced the occasion.
Participants from African countries included High Commissioner, Republic
of Kenya, H.E. Prof. Julius Kibet Bitok, Ambassador, People‘s Democratic
Republic of Algeria, H.E. Mr. Lakhal Benkelai, Ambassador, Republic of
Sudan, H.E. Mr.Tageldin El Hadi El Tahir Taha, Ambassador, Kingdom of
Morocco, H.E. Mr. Mohammed Karmoune, Ambassador, Federal Republic
of Nigeria, H.E. Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Adebayo A. Olaniyi, Ambassador, Arab
Republic of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Fadel Yacoub, Chargé d‘
Affaires, Federal Republic of Somalia, Mr. Salad Ahmed Hassan, Chargé d‘
Affaires, Republic of Mauritius, Mr. Marvin Nadrajen Chedumberum, Chargé
d‘ Affaires, State of Libya, Mr. Nizar A. M. Nabiyah, and Chargé d‘ Affaires,
Republic of South Africa, Mr. Cristo Jansen Van Noordwyk. Representatives
from the African countries present at the roundtable also set up exhibition
stalls displaying various products from their countries and gave Pakistan‘s
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi a tour of their exhibits.