Sartaj Aziz discusses bilateral cooperation with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Mohammed Al-Khalifa met Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Sunday.

According to RadioPakistan, Both the leaders exchanged views on possibilities of improving bilateral economic cooperation and highlighted that regular business-to-business interactions were the key in this regard.

They appreciated the consistent development of bilateral relations in all areas of mutual cooperation, and welcomed the up-gradation of the Joint Economic Committee to the level of Joint Ministerial Commission.

Speaking on the occasion, Sartaj Aziz highlighted that the Ministerial Commission will serve as a regular platform to discuss cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.  The adviser expressed gratitude to King of Bahrain for facilitating the convening of the first Pakistan-Bahrain Business Opportunity Conference in Manama, in September 2016. The 2nd session of the conference, being held in Pakistan next month, will further boost commercial linkages between the countries.

The adviser also thanked the King of Bahrain for the generous gift of Nursing Training University to Pakistan which has become an icon of Pakistan-Bahrain friendship.

Underscoring the substantial potential on both sides, the adviser stated that the warm political relations between Pakistan and Bahrain were the foundation to strengthen cooperation in economic and trade sector. He informed that the current investment policy of Pakistan had created an investment friendly environment, guaranteeing equal treatment of foreign and domestic investors.

Sartaj Aziz invited Bahraini businessmen to invest in Pakistan, especially in the energy, infrastructure and agriculture sectors, urging them to take advantage of the lucrative incentives on the offer for foreign investors.

While briefing the Bahraini side on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, the Adviser informed that CPEC, including its Gawadar Port project, has emerged as a remarkable means to enhance the economic depth of regional countries. He assured that Pakistan remained ready to connect various surrounding regions for a win-win outcome for all.

The Adviser also briefed the Bahraini side on Pakistan’s achievements in decisively subduing the menace of terrorism through its successful Zarb-e-Azab military operation. He informed that stability achieved by Pakistan would immensely contribute in crystallizing an environment of peace, prosperity and economic development in the region.

Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Mohammed Al Khalifa reiterated that Pakistan-Bahrain relations reflected a consistently strong bond of friendship which was devoid of any irritant or divergence of interests on important issues.

Bahrain highly appreciated and expressed great satisfaction over the notable success Pakistan had achieved in defeating the scourge of terrorism which has contributed to regional peace and stability.

The Bahraini Foreign Minister also expressed his satisfaction over the strength contributed to the bilateral relationship through close cooperation in defense and security areas.

The Foreign Minister said that Bahrain remains eager to strengthen the already strong Pakistan-GCC relation even further. He said Bahrain, currently holding the chair of GCC, will make serious efforts to reinforce this important relationship, for the benefit of all sides in the region.

The meeting was also attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi as well as Secretaries of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Overseas Pakistani besides other senior officials from both sides.

The inaugural session of JMC will be held in Islamabad on Monday, including Plenary and technical sessions for thread base review of the bilateral cooperation in various sector.

Earlier, the Bahrain Foreign Minister arrived in Islamabad along with a high level delegation to co-chair the inaugural session of Pakistan-Bahrain Joint Ministerial Commission with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.