Somalia seeks countering terrorism expertise

By Staff Reporter
Friday – May 28, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Somalian envoy Khadija Mohammad El Makhzoumi said, on Thursday, that her country wants to benefit from Pakistan’s continued support in human resource development as well as its expertise in countering terrorism.

According to a press release, she called on senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani at the parliament house in the federal capital.

Somalian envoy El Makhzoumi praised that Pakistan has controlled the spread of the epidemic by taking effectual measures at the earliest which must be appreciated.

Senate chairman Sanjrani stated that Pakistan, under its “Engage Africa” initiative, attaches high importance to its relationship with Africa and Somalia

Pakistan will provide scholarships to Somalian students to enhance their skills in technology and science, he added.

Senate chairman Sanjrani mentioned that the trade, economic, public, and parliamentary ties with Somalia need to be further bolstered, Pakistan wants to further enhance bilateral bonds at the multi-faceted level with Mogadishu.

“The two countries have always supported each other’s stance on various issues at international fora, which is commendable. Pakistan appreciates Somalia’s support for Pakistan in the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC). Islamabad wants lasting peace and prosperity in Somalia,” he maintained.

Highlighting historical ties and Pakistan’s steadfast support to Somalia, the chairman reaffirmed the commitment to further promote bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, in particular in trade and investment.

Senate chairman Sanjrani said that Pakistan has a conducive environment for investment and that Somalian investors and traders should benefit from Islamabad’s friendly policies.

Somalian envoy El Makhzoumi invited Pakistani investors to take advantage of the investment opportunities in Somalia and identified the livestock, fisheries, agriculture, and natural resources as key sectors in this regard.

She conveyed gratitude over Pakistan’s consistent support and expressed the desire to forge closer ties in a range of areas.

The exchange of delegations at the parliamentary level must be expedited for boosting cooperation in the parliamentary spheres, Senate chairman Sanjrani asserted.

The issue of Palestine and Kashmir was also discussed wherein the chairman reiterated that Pakistan strongly condemns the human rights and international law violations caused by Israeli occupational forces’ oppression.

The two sides agreed to maintain close contact to follow up on key areas of mutual interest.