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PR No. 156 4TH ROUND OF BILATERAL POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND SUDAN Islamabad

The 4th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sudan was held at Islamabad on 19th May, 2016. Mr. Mohammad Waheed-Ul-Hasan, Special Secretary for Middle East and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Pakistan side, while Mr. Abdul Ghani Enaim, Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, headed the Sudanese delegation.

The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of Pakistan-Sudan bilateral relations. Noting the traditional warmth and cordiality of brotherly ties, they expressed satisfaction on continued growth of mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields, including trade and commerce. Both sides reiterated their commitment to further intensify cooperation in the field of culture, tourism, defence, education and science & technology. To further intensify commercial ties, the sides stressed the need for greater interaction between private sectors of the two countries, business-to-business contacts and increased participation in each others trade fairs. It was also decided that efforts will be made to convene the next round of Joint Ministerial Commission at Islamabad during 2017.

Delegations also discussed regional issues and matters pertaining to cooperation at multilateral fora and expressed satisfaction on the existing close cooperation at regional and international organizations. The Sudanese side was briefed on Pakistan’s policy of promoting peaceful neighborhood and monumental efforts made in Counter-terrorism. The Sudanese delegation gave an overview of the current situation in Darfur and relations with South Sudan and other neighboring countries.

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