ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and the Principal Secretary of Kenyan Foreign Ministry Ambassador Kamau Macharia held the 3rd Round of Pakistan-Kenya Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) through video-conference.
The consultations covered the entire spectrum of Pakistan-Kenya bilateral relations, mutual cooperation in the multilateral fora, and issues of peace & security in the respective regions.
The foreign secretary highlighted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to forge multifaceted cooperation with the African Continent, as part of the “Engage Africa” initiative.
Sohail Mahmood noted that, in this context, Pakistan was working simultaneously to enhance its diplomatic footprint in Africa and deepen economic engagement with African partners.
Noting Pakistan’s historic linkages with Kenya and the cordiality of bilateral political relations, the foreign secretary stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation in the fields of trade, investments, air connectivity and ports linkages, security and defence, and education and training.
In the multilateral arena, the foreign secretary extended felicitations to Kenya on its assumption of the non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
Views were exchanged on the wide range of issues of common interest on the multilateral agenda – from peace and security to sustainable development to climate change.
The foreign secretary also highlighted Pakistan’s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process as well as the serious situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Issues relating to regional connectivity were also discussed, with the Pakistani side underlining China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) significance as a transformational project.
Pakistan is Kenya’s top trading partner. The two sides have mechanisms for a regular interface on the political, official, parliamentary, and business-to-business planes.
It was agreed that high-level exchanges will be enhanced and bilateral cooperation expanded through specific initiatives.