Pakistan, Kuwait expresses resolve to diversify trade, economic cooperation

Pakistan accords high importance to its fraternal ties with Kuwait: FM

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ISLAMABAD, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah met here on Thursday and discussed issues of bilateral importance.

Foreign Minister Qureshi received his Kuwaiti counterpart on his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Foreign Minister of Kuwait planted a sapling at the premises of the Ministry.

The Kuwaiti foreign minister is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and also lead a delegation comprising senior officials from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Interior, and Trade and Industry, the Foreign Office said Wednesday.

The visit of the Kuwaiti foreign minister comes in the backdrop of bilateral meeting held with Foreign Minister Qureshi on the sidelines of 47th Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey, Niger, in November 2020. The two foreign ministers agreed to work closely towards further strengthening and expanding bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

To follow-up on the two foreign ministers’ understanding, Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs visited Pakistan in January 2021 and held consultations in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and Economic Affairs Division, as well as the Board of Investment.

During the visit, besides having wide-ranging talks with Foreign Minister Qureshi, the Kuwaiti foreign minister will call on other dignitaries.

“Pakistan accords high importance to its fraternal ties with Kuwait, which are firmly rooted in shared faith and values. The bilateral relationship is marked by high-level visits and growing cooperation across myriad fields. During the global pandemic, the two countries collaborated closely in the health sector and food security,” the FO said.

 

The Foreign Office said Pakistan acknowledged the positive role of the Kuwaiti leadership in building bridges among the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Pakistan also stood in solidarity with the State of Kuwait in the efforts to strengthen unity among the Muslim countries, it added.

The visit of the Kuwaiti foreign minister would provide further impetus to the positive momentum in bilateral exchanges and deepening mutual cooperation, the FO said.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan is facilitating foreign investment in different sectors of the economy. This is the reason that Pakistan’s ranking in the ease of doing business has improved. He said we also welcome Kuwaiti investment in the country.

The Foreign Minister also apprised the Kuwaiti counterpart about the prevailing situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said India has brought controversial legislation to change the demographic structure of the disputed territory. He said Pakistan is looking towards the positive role of the world community including that of Kuwait to get freed the oppressed Kashmiri people from the cruel Indian clutches. He thanked Kuwait for supporting the Kashmir resolution passed by the OIC foreign ministers at its meeting in Niger.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the world recognizes the positive role being played by Pakistan in the Afghan peace process. He said Pakistan will continue its efforts to peace in Afghanistan and the region.

The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister said his country wants to promote economic relations with Pakistan. He commended the contributions of Pakistani community in Kuwait in the development of the country.

 

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