Qatar's deputy prime minister to visit Pakistan today

FM Qureshi to hold talks with deputy PM on developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan-Qatar relations


Our Correspondent September 09, 2021
Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani attends an interview in Doha, Qatar. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, will visit Pakistan on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi will hold talks with his Qatari counterpart, focusing on developments in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan-Qatar relations.

During the visit, Sheikh Al-Thani will call on other dignitaries as well, said a statement released by the foreign ministry. 

"Pakistan and Qatar enjoy close, cordial ties rooted deep in shared faith and values. The two countries closely collaborate on regional and global issues of common interest," added the statement.

Qatar is home to more than 200,000 Pakistani expatriates who contribute to the national development and economic progress of both countries.

The visit of Qatar’s deputy premier will also "add momentum to bilateral cooperation and strengthen coordination on regional and international issues".

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Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed matters related to Afghanistan with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani during a telephone conversation.

The premier underlined that after 40 years of conflict and instability, there was an opportunity to establish lasting peace in Afghanistan, a statement issued by the PM’s Office read.

He had also reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen its political and economic partnership with Qatar.

PM Imran appreciated Qatar’s assistance to Pakistan during the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular the care afforded to Pakistani expatriates working for the progress and development of both countries.

The two leaders agreed to remain in close contact on bilateral matters as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

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