Wellington, 24 November 2022  (TDI): High Commissioner of Pakistan to New Zealand, Murad Ashraf Janjua virtually met the President of the Republic of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau, on 24 November 2022.

Ambassador Murad Ashraf and the President of Kiribati – Central Pacific Country virtually held bilateral meetings. Both sides exchanged views on extending diplomatic ties and areas of cooperation.

Pakistan and the Pacific island country formally established their bilateral relations on 3 June 2021 by signing the agreement. Murad Ashraf arranged a virtual ceremony to present his credential to President Taneti Maamau today.

Pakistan-Kiribati relation

Pakistan and Kiribati officially agreed to establish their diplomatic relations on 3 June 2021 by signing a joint communique to this effect.

The Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Munir Akram, and the Permanent Representative of Kiribati to the UN, Teburoro Tito signed the agreement.

On the occasion, both countries expressed their desire to enhance bilateral cooperation. Both countries agreed to intensify relations and promote political, economic, and trade ties.

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Both countries committed to working closely on the common agenda of developing countries. Pakistan & the Pacific county collaborate on climate change, sustainable development goals (SDGs), recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, tourism, & fisheries.

Kiribati is a Pacific country comprised of 33 Islands and the permanent population is over 119,000. The city of Tarawa serves as the administrative center of the country.