On his maiden visit to Pakistan as the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, is arriving in Islamabad on Monday (today) on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The Qatari Emir will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including cabinet ministers, chairman of Qatar Airways and senior government officials, a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO) said on Sunday.
“Pakistan and Qatar enjoy close and brotherly relations,” the statement added.
During the visit, the Emir will meet President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Both sides will discuss ways to further enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields including energy, investment, trade, defence and manpower. Regional and global issues of mutual interest and concern will also come under discussion.
In 2010, Sheikh Tamim visited the country in his capacity as the then crown prince of Qatar to offer financial assistance of Rs400 million to the people affected by flash floods.
Qatar is home to more than 100,000 Pakistanis. Their remittances are making a valuable contribution to the socio-economic development of Pakistan.
The official visit of the Emir of Qatar will provide fresh impetus to the bilateral relations. Agreements to be signed during the visit will further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation existing between the two countries in various fields.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2015.