Islamabad, 14 February 2023 (TDI): The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi met with the Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Senegal, Saima Sayed. During the meeting, the President stressed the need for improved trade, economic, and educational cooperation with Senegal.

According to him, there is a lot of room for both nations to expand their economic and trade ties to their mutual benefit. In his conversation, he also stated that Senegal was a significant nation in the West African region for Pakistan.

Likewise, he urged the Ambassador to work cooperatively to strengthen existing bilateral ties and to work on setting up ministerial-level bilateral exchanges between the two nations.

The President expressed satisfaction over Pakistani businessmen’s long-standing participation in trade fairs like the Dakar International Trade Fair (FIKDAK), adding that such events would help to further advance bilateral trade relations.

To increase the volume of bilateral trade, he asked the Ambassador-designate to organize more trade shows in conjunction with the relevant ministries. In addition, Dr. Arif Alvi urged greater educational collaboration between Senegal and Pakistan.

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He claimed that the Virtual University of Pakistan (VU) currently had 8000 foreign students enrolled in its various programmes.

While the Allama Iqbal Open University and VU both provided online and distance learning opportunities for Senegalese students.

Further, the President asked Saima Sayed to draw attention to India’s anti-Muslim and anti-minority policies as well as the terror that she has waged for more than 70 years against innocent residents of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).