Pak-Qatar relations

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Pakistan and Qatar enjoy close, cordial and fraternal ties based on shared faith, culture and heritage. On matters pertaining to regional and global affairs both countries have always been on the same page. Pakistan places considerable importance on its relation with Qatar which is based on strong foundations of common faith and culture. Qatar’s national day was celebrated on Wednesday. The day marks the unification of Qatar in 1878 under the leadership of the country’s founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, and since 2007 has been celebrated annually. President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed their heartiest felicitations to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Naseer Bin Khaleefa Al-Thani respectively on the occasion of the National Day of the State of Qatar. In their messages, the President and the Prime Minister expressed their desires to further strengthen the brotherly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation between Pakistan and Qatar. Pakistan has an embassy in Doha while Qatar maintains an embassy in Islamabad and a consulate-general in Karachi. Relations between the two are shaped by Pakistan’s generally close relations with the Arab world. Like other nearby Gulf States, there is a large Pakistani community in Qatar, which numbers over 55,000. They work in diverse fields and send remittances each year. Trade Volume has multiplied between Pakistan and Qatar during the recent years. Major items of export from Pakistan to Qatar include rice, leather, textile, rags, cotton yarn, woven fabric and meat. Conversely major items of import from Qatar are petroleum, plastic, organic chemicals, and iron. The five main mutual sectors of investment are banking, insurance and services sector which include tourism, IT, telecommunication, oil and gas. Pakistan’s investment in Qatar is mainly in real estate, construction machinery and technical services industry. Pakistani Business men and professionals are playing a major role in banking, medical and construction sectors of Qatar. Recently an agreement has been reached to increase the Number of Pakistani blue collar workers in Qatar to 100,000. The Government of Qatar and Pakistan intend to widen cooperation in economic, defence and political sectors to ensure mutual growth and benefit. There is also a need to strengthen these relations through enhanced bilateral economic cooperation and boost interaction between the private sectors of both countries.

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