UNGA Session: (President of Senegal, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif discuss bilateral ties)

ISLAMABAD: President Macky Sall of Senegal met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 70th UNGA Session in New York, says a press release received here on Monday from New York.

The President of Senegal hailed Pakistan as one of the most important Muslim countries with a prominent role in OIC and the Muslim Ummah. President Sall praised Pakistan’s contribution to counter-terrorism and expressed his country’s interest in defence cooperation, including procurement of defence equipment from Pakistan.

He also sought to benefit from Pakistan’s expertise in agriculture, scientific research and science and technology. Both leaders agreed to explore ways to enhance bilateral trade volume from its current level of US$ 37 million.

Early convening of the inaugural session of Joint Ministerial Commission would prove useful in this regard. The Prime Minister also invited companies from Senegal to invest in Pakistan to take advantage of its liberal investment regime.

At the multilateral level, cooperation in the UN and OIC was discussed. Pakistan’s position on UN reform, particularly expansion of the UN Security Council was shared with the Senegalese side.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister extended an invitation to the Senegalese President to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience. He also requested Senegal to open its Embassy in Islamabad soon.

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