By Umer Nangiana/Staff Reporter
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives in Doha Wednesday on an official two-day visit, which seeks to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
The visit comes on an invitation from HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani.
Besides signing a number of memorandums of understanding in the fields of health, radio and television, education and research, the two countries will conclude a long-term sale/purchase agreement for LNG, the Pakistan embassy has said.
The focus of Sharif’s visit and interaction with the Qatari leadership will be on further enhancement of bilateral relations in various fields, including energy co-operation, trade and investment, defence and increase in employment opportunities for the Pakistani workforce in Qatar.
“HH the Emir of Qatar paid a landmark visit to Pakistan on March 23-24, 2015. This return visit by the prime minister of Pakistan in a period of less than one year is a testimony of growing relations between the two brotherly countries,” the embassy said in a statement.
The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation. During the visit, Sharif will hold meetings with HH the Emir and HE the Prime Minister, besides important cabinet ministers of Qatar. The two sides will also hold wide-ranging delegation-level talks.
HH the Emir and Sharif will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
To make the visit a “momentous occasion”, two JF-17 Thunders and two SMK aircraft, indigenously produced by Pakistan, will be flying in the skies of Qatar. The air show will be held at the old airport this afternoon.
Both aircraft will perform static and aerial displays, which will be witnessed by HH Sheikh Tamim and Sharif along with senior government and military officials from the two countries.
“This activity is going to strengthen the existing bilateral relations between the two countries. It is also important here to mention that Pakistan is the only Muslim country that is producing a world-class fighter jet and a state-of-the-art trainer aircraft,” said Masud Akram, defence attaché at the Pakistan embassy.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, the Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, will also be part of the high-level delegation accompanying the prime minister. During the visit, the leadership of the two countries will discuss the possibilities of enhancing co-operation in various areas of defence and related fields.
Qatar hosts more than 1,15,000 Pakistanis who have been contributing towards the development and prosperity of the country and act as a bridge between the peoples of the two countries.
Pakistan gives great importance to its ties with Qatar, with the two countries enjoying friendly and fraternal relations marked by close co-operation.Last updated: February 09 2016 11:30 PM
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