Islamabad - Imran Yawar, Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and permanent observer to African Union (AU), called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday and discussed matters pertaining to his diplomatic assignment.

Congratulating Yawar on his new assignment, the president said that Pakistan valued its close and cordial relationship with Ethiopia and urged the newly appointed ambassador to focus on further consolidating Pakistan’s bilateral relations with Ethiopia, particularly trade and commercial ties.

The president said that Pakistan’s relations with Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular were not commensurate with the real trade potential and existing goodwill and emphasised the need for more concerted efforts to strengthen trade and economic ties with African countries. The ambassador-designate thanked the president for reposing confidence in him and assured that he would concentrate on augmenting Pakistan’s bilateral ties with Ethiopia with particular focus on enhancing trade, business and economic ties.