President Asif Ali Zardari will pay a two-day official visit to Kuwait starting from Friday to hold talks with its leadership to further strengthen ties besides attending 50th independence day celebrations.
President Zardari’s visit closely follows the one by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on February 14-15, who focused on enhancing the Pak-Kuwait relationship on bilateral and economic fronts.
A Foreign Office official told APP that President Zardari’s visit to Kuwait will generate tremendous goodwill and enhance bilateral relations in investment, recruitment of labour and joint ventures.
The President is also expected to meet other world leaders who will be in Kuwait on Independence Day of brotherly country.
President Zardari will hold talks with Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The official said as a special gesture, the Amir of Kuwait had sent his envoy to deliver invitation to President Zardari, to attend Kuwait’s golden jubilee celebrations.
The invitation was handed over to President Zardari by Special Envoy Dr Maatouq Al Maatouq who visited Pakistan in December last, he said.
The celebrations in Kuwait also mark the 20th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Iraqi occupation and the fifth anniversary of Kuwait’s Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s inauguration.
The Foreign Office official said the President’s visit will convey Pakistan’s deep appreciation for the visionary leadership of the Sabah family that has led Kuwait to achieve tremendous progress in last 50 years, despite the destruction wrought by invasion and occupation.
Pakistan imports oil from Kuwait worth US$ 2.1 billion annually. The exports to Kuwait estimates around US$ 87 million.