President seeks strong relations with S. Africa

By Asghar Ali Mubarak

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday said Pakistan desired to strengthen its relations with South Africa in areas of trade, investment and defence.
Talking to the visiting Chief of South African National Defence Force General Rudzani Maphwanaya here at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said there existed huge potential between Pakistan and South Africa for increasing cooperation in diverse areas.
President Alvi said Pakistan and South Africa enjoyed excellent cooperation in the field of defence, which needed to be further expanded for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
He said Pakistan attached great importance to its ties with South Africa under its ‘Look Africa’ policy and wanted to increase the frequency of exchanges at military and political levels. The president highlighted Pakistan’s strategy of smart lockdowns that had successfully contained the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also shed light on the human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir being committed by the Indian security forces against the innocent Kashmiris.