Kenyan FM Dr. Monica welcomes Pakistan’s “Look Africa” policy


ISLAMABAD, MAY 02 (DNA) – Foreign Minister of Kenya Dr. Monica Juma has welcomed Pakistan government’s “Look Africa” policy saying it will bring Pakistan and African countries further closer.The Kenyan foreign minister stressed the need to benefit from Pakistan’s Look Africa policy as being a home of over 200 million inhabitants, Pakistan offered huge business opportunities.

Dr. Monica Juma expressed these views while talking to Ambassador of African countries who met her. Acting Dean of African countries, Ambassador of Tunisia Adel Elarbi facilitated the meeting.

Those who attended the meeting included Ambassadors of Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Egypt, Mauritius and Charge d Affaires of Libya and South Africa.

The Kenyan foreign minister further said her country’s relations with Pakistan were from cordial to excellent and hoped these relations will get boost in the days to come.

She said Kenya and Pakistan have a lot to share with each other. Both countries are facing similar challenges therefore it is need of the hour that both Kenya and Pakistan join hands to cope with these challenges effectively.

The Kenya foreign minister also talked about her meetings with the Pakistani officials and termed them very productive.

She said, she found Pakistani side very keen not only to diversify relations with Kenya but also to handle jointly challenges. She particularly mentioned her meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi in which she discussed in detail areas of common interest with the prime minister.

She also expressed her views about various challenges faced by the African countries and sought fellow countries help to deal with these challenges.

The minister emphasized the need for intra-Africa trade adding the current level of intra-Africa trade was very low as compared with other blocs. She said for example intra-trade among the EU countries was 60 per cent that is why the bloc has made advancements in all fields.=DNA