Pakistan reaffirms commitment for stronger ties with African nations –
‘Africa Day 2021’

ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Pakistan has extended its heartiest
felicitations on “Africa Day 2021,” commemorating the 58th
Anniversary of the establishment of the African Union. Celebrated
across the world, this Day marks the heroic struggle of the African
nations for emancipation from colonialism as well as the rich African
heritage, cultural diversity, and the Continent’s immense economic
and development potential.
Founded in 1963, the African Union has come a long way in realizing
the hopes and aspirations of the most promising region of the world.
Premised on common values and shared prosperity, and guided by its
own citizens, the Union has now embarked on a journey towards
forging a united, prosperous and peaceful African continent.
Pakistan has a long and illustrious history of friendly relations with
Africa. Our bonds with African nations predate the establishment of the
African Union. Historically, Pakistan has played its role in lending
support to African struggles for freedom from colonial rule; combating
apartheid; extending humanitarian assistance, where needed; and
supporting capacity building through training programmes and
initiatives.
Pakistan has also been making sustained and meaningful contributions
towards peace and security efforts in Africa. Since 1960s, Pakistani
blue helmets, under the UN auspices, have been engaged in peace-
keeping and peace-building initiatives across the Continent. Many of
our peacekeepers rendered the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in
protecting African lives and promoting African causes, demonstrating
our unwavering commitment to the people of Africa.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan has set
its course to re-energize and reinforce its partnership with Africa.
Spearheaded by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi,
the “Engage Africa” Initiative aims at strengthening political and
diplomatic linkages, further deepening and broadening mutually

beneficial trade and economic ties, and expanding cultural and people-
to-people exchanges.
The initiative is being realized through expansion of diplomatic
outreach and greater presence in Africa; building stronger cooperation
at the multilateral forums and with African institutions; initiating
structured institutional engagements, including at the leadership level;
initiating new bilateral trade and investment initiatives; featuring
improved air and maritime connectivity; enhancing linkages among
parliaments, think tanks, academia and specialized institutions; and
promoting collaboration in the fields of science and technology.
Pakistan reiterates it firm commitment to forging stronger partnership
with Africa in all spheres of cooperation and reaffirms its full support to
the aspirations of African nations for peace, progress and prosperity.

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