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PNS Nasr is on a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to assist the vulnerable population affected by natural disasters in Africa. Image Credit: Supplied

Islamabad: A Pakistan Navy humanitarian aid ship carrying tons of relief supplies has left the country’s main port to sail to the African region.

Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Nasr is on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to assist the vulnerable population affected by natural disasters in African countries.

“The ship is carrying food aid for flood-stricken and drought-ridden African countries,” the official statement said. During the deployment, PNS Nasr will provide assistance to the people of Djibouti, Sudan and Niger. The ship will also pay a goodwill visit to Mombasa, Kenya.

Pakistan Navy sent its humanitarian aid ship to Africa in line with the government’s ‘Engage Africa’ policy that seeks to enhance bilateral relations and to explore new avenues of cooperation with African countries.

New embassies

This year, Pakistan announced to establish its diplomatic mission in the strategically located Djibouti. The country also plans to open new embassies in the region to strengthen the economic partnership between Pakistan and Africa. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister recently held a meeting in Islamabad with diplomats from Algeria, Kenya, Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan and Tunisia to discuss and explore the untapped economic potential.

He told the African envoys that Pakistan is keen to upgrade its diplomatic ties and develop strategic cooperation with African states.

Describing Africa as the “continent of the future”, with 54 countries and a population of 1.3 billion, the foreign minister said Pakistan’s friendly relations with African countries needed to be “translated into a more robust economic partnership.”