PM Imran off to Bahrain to attend National Day

Published: December 15, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will be visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain on Monday (today) on the invitation of His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to attend the country’s National Day as ‘guest of honour’.

The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including cabinet members and senior government officials.

This is PM Imran’s first visit to Bahrain since assuming office in August 2018.

During the visit, he will have a one-on-one meeting with His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and hold delegation-level talks with Crown Prince His Royal Highness Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The exchange of views would cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional and international issues.

Bahrain’s highest civil award will be conferred upon the prime minister.

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Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy close cordial ties based on commonalities of faith and culture and marked by mutual trust and understanding.

The bilateral relationship is broad-based and multifaceted, covering diverse fields – including political, trade, commercial, defence and people-to-people contacts.

Frequent high-level exchanges are a hallmark of the relationship. Pakistan and Bahrain closely coordinate in multilateral fora, including the UN, OIC and GCC.

The two countries have established institutional mechanisms, including Bilateral Political Consultations and Joint Ministerial Commission, to bolster bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

The two countries also enjoy close inter-parliamentary cooperation. Over 100,000 Pakistani expatriate community, which contributes to the socio-economic development of Bahrain, acts as a strong human bridge between the two countries.

The prime minister’s visit to Bahrain would enable the two sides to explore ways and means to further deepen bilateral trade and investment ties. The visit is of special significance and would impart a strong impetus to both sides’ endeavours to forge a closer, multifaceted bilateral relationship.

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