Our Diplomatic Correspondent
Pretoria, South Africa—The Advisor to the Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage, Mr. Irfan Siddiqui has stated that Pakistan-South Africa bilateral relations are progressing with a steady pace in diverse fields. Mr. Siddiqui, who is presently on an official visit to the Republic of South Africa, held a detailed meeting with the Deputy Foreign Minister Ms. Nomaindiya Mfeketo of South Africa today at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). DIRCO high officials including Chief Director, Director and others assisted the Deputy Minister while the Advisor was assisted by High Commissioner Najm us Saqib and Deputy High Commissioner.
The Advisor and Deputy Minister reviewed the bilateral relations in different fields and expressed complete satisfaction over the steady pace of increasing cooperation between the friendly countries of Pakistan and South Africa. The Deputy Minster warmly received the Advisor and his delegation and expressed hope to have a meaningful session of the Joint Commission, scheduled to be held in November this year, in Islamabad. Ms. Mfeketo stated that her country greatly valued the warm and cordial relations with Pakistan and fondly remembers Islamabad’s support against the Apartheid regime.
The Advisor conveyed a message of goodwill and friendship to President Zuma from Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif which was warmly reciprocated. Mr. Siddiqui expressed satisfaction over the recently concluded local elections in South Africa and shared views with the Deputy Minister on the smooth democratic process being witnessed in Pakistan and South Africa.