By Our Web Reporter
KARACHI–Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shalawani has said that Morocco’s Casa Blanca and Karachi will be declared sister cities so that the two cities can come closer to each other. He said this while meeting the Honorary Consul General of Morocco Mirza Ishtiaq Baig in his office on Thursday morning who is visiting the Karachi Metropolitan Municipality. ۔ Issues of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting and the Consul General of Morocco also invited Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shalawani to visit Morocco. He said that the local government of Rabat, Morocco had named a highway in Rabat as Pakistan.
Avenue which is a testament to the love of the Moroccan government and people for Pakistanis, Morocco and Pakistan have trade relations and Morocco imports a large number of sports equipment and surgical items from Pakistan. Moroccan Consul General Ishtiaq Baig added that Moroccan citizens consider Pakistanis as their true friends and brothers. Morocco is a country of historical significance and is very popular for its beauty and charm. One of the top 10 countries in the world, the famous general Tariq bin Ziad and the famous tourist Ibn Battuta were from Morocco. Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shalawani thanked Mirza Ishtiaq Baig for inviting him to visit Morocco. Pakistan and Morocco have long-standing friendly relations and Pakistani citizens consider the people of Morocco as their friends and want further expansion of bilateral relations. He said that the Sister City Agreement would enhance the ties between Karachi and Casablanca in various fields and open new avenues for mutual cooperation. He said that we want Karachi to develop like the beautiful and modern cities of Morocco and Plans should be made for the convenience of the citizens here, Morocco’s cooperation in this regard would be welcomed, he said, adding that Bagh Ibn Qasim is a vast park located on the coast of Karachi where there is a plot for Morocco as well as other countries. Allocate lands where Moroccan culture, which is famous all over the world, will be displayed and it will be an attraction for locals as well as tourists from other cities and countries and it will also boost the tourism sector in Pakistan. Will He said that Karachi is the largest city of Pakistan and is central to the country’s economy, Morocco is an important country on the African continent and Pakistan attaches great importance to relations with Morocco, said Karachi Administrator Iftikhar Ali Shalawani. Several industrial zones have been set up and the city administration is working to improve the infrastructure as trade and business activities continue in Karachi and both ports and the international airport remain busy, he hoped, adding that the Moroccan government would work with Pakistan, especially in Karachi. Steps will be taken to enhance cooperation in various fields and the two countries will continue to move forward on the path of development together. On this occasion, the Administrator Karachi also presented a shield and award to the Consul General of Morocco on behalf of the Metropolitan Municipality of Karachi.