ISLAMABAD: Ivory Coast’s parliamentary delegation, headed by its National Assembly President Adama Bictogo, called on President Dr Arif Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, and National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf at the Parliament House in Islamabad.
The visiting dignitary also planted a grandiflora sapling in the lawn of the Parliament House. At the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Adama Bictogo said that the Ivory Coast’s leadership wanted to improve relations with Pakistan in all areas of mutual interest and briefed the president about the steps taken by his country for the transformation of its economy.
He said that parliamentarians needed to play a role in improving political and economic relations. Dr Arif Alvi asked the delegation head to open resident diplomatic mission of Ivory Coast in Islamabad that would help to further improve bilateral cooperation. He asked the delegation to convey his greetings to the leadership of Ivory Coast.
He expressed the hope that the visit of the delegation would prove to be a significant step in expanding bilateral relations. Pakistan and Ivory Coast reiterated the resolve to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, and culture. Both sides emphasized the need to encourage exchanges at high levels to boost bilateral relations.
The president said that Pakistan considered Ivory Coast an important country and wanted to promote ties with African countries under its Engage Africa policy. He said that both countries enjoyed good relations in various fields and needed to help each other in the development process.
He said that both countries had great prospects for promoting political and economic cooperation and urged the need for the businessmen of Ivory Coast to visit and invest in Pakistan. He expressed satisfaction over the current level of bilateral ties as both sides had unanimity of views on various issues and supported each other at various international fora.
Dr Arif Alvi said that Pakistan played an important part in UN peacekeeping operations in Ivory Coast under UNOCI from 2004 to 2017. He said that Pakistan had always supported international efforts for the stability and development of Ivory Coast. He also said that Pakistan had successfully and effectively managed the COVID-19 pandemic.