Cooperation with Bahrain to be enlarged in different areas


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held talks with Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa here on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the 2 sides agreed to figure in close collaboration in areas of mutual interest, the secretary of state said during a Twitter posting.

The secretary of state, who arrived in Bahrain on a two-day official visit to the country earlier within the day, said that in the meeting with Bahrain’s deputy prime minister he shared Pakistan’s specialize in geo-economics, connectivity, and as a partner for peace and development.

Mr. Qureshi also had a gathering together with his Bahraini counterpart Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani before the Joint Ministerial Conference.

Mr. Qureshi said the 2 countries shared an identical outlook in their desire to expand bilateral engagements specializing in trade, investment, energy, and culture.

Earlier, upon arrival in Manama, the secretary of state was received at the Manama International Airport by Bahrain’s secretary of state and Pakistan’s ambassador Muhammad Ayub.

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The secretary of state will attend the second meeting of the Pak-Bahrain Joint Ministerial Commission and can lead the Pakistani delegation.

He also will speak at the second meeting of the Pak-Bahrain Joint Ministerial Commission.

Pakistan and Bahrain would sign an agreement for enhancing trade and economic connectivity to spice up bilateral relations, said a Board of Investment (BoI) handout before Mr. Qureshi’s meeting.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between BoI and the Economic Development Board would be signed during Mr. Qureshi’s visit.

The objective of the accord is to supply a framework within both countries where it can develop and undertake collaborative activities and projects; share knowledge and have integrated technical exchange and assistance in areas of mutual interest.

The two-day meeting would specialize in bilateral cooperation in various sectors including political, defence, commerce, finance and banking, industry, public health, overseas employment, education, science and technology, information, culture and humanities, agriculture and livestock, cultural cooperation and parliamentary exchanges.

With regards to promoting trade and business development, some sectors of interest included manufacturing, financial services, tourism, healthcare and education, logistics, information and communication technology, and vocational education.

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