Pakistan and Egypt vow to enhance strategic ties

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Pakistan and Egypt vow to enhance strategic ties

ISLAMABAD - The 8th Round of Political Consultations between Pakistan and Egypt was held in Islamabad on Monday.

Special Secretary Middle East, OIC and Legal Affairs, Syed Hassan Raza led the Pakistani side whereas Egyptian delegation was led by Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs, Khaled Sarwat.

The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction about the strong bilateral ties. They discussed ways and means to strengthen and diversify the existing cooperation including in political, economic, trade, investment, defence, education and cultural fields.

They underscored the need for exchange of high level visits between Pakistan and Egypt to inject greater content to bilateral relations. The two sides agreed to realize the true potential of bilateral trade and agreed on certain measures like visa facilitation for businessmen, exchange of trade related information and business delegations and to promote direct private sector contacts. It was agreed to hold 4th session of Joint Ministerial Commission during the first quarter of next year, in Islamabad.

Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues with particular focus on Afghanistan South Asia, Palestine, Syria and UN reforms. There was convergence of views on important issues of regional importance.

They noted with satisfaction cooperation between Pakistan and Egypt in multilateral fora and agreed to maintain and further enhance it in future.