‘Qatar and Pakistan are going to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding promotion of tourism in both countries. Qatar is very keen in promoting tourism and Pakistan has a lot to offer for tourists.”
This was stated by Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Friday while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the new building for the embassy of Pakistan in Diplomatic Area.
He said: “Prime Minister Imran Khan was in Qatar on Thursday for a brief visit. We met His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the ministers. We were told that Qatar is planning to have multiple activities to attract over 5 million tourists. We apprised the Qatari authorities of the natural beauty that Pakistan’s northern areas offer to the tourists. We shared that we have an eastern lifestyle and Islamic culture. We are developing infrastructure to facilitate the tourists.”
Speaking about the meeting with the Qatari authorities, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said: “We also talked about increased involvement of Pakistan in making the 2022 FIFA World Cup a success. The Government of Qatar has acknowledged the role Pakistani expatriates have been playing in development of their country. Pakistan is in close proximity to Qatar and we can fulfill each other’s needs.”
Further highlighting the tourism prospects in Pakistan, the minister said: “The truth is that today we are discussing more tourism than terrorism. The journey from terrorism to tourism has been a long and complicated one. The Afghanistan peace deal due to be signed Saturday [today] will bring peace in the country. Peace in Afghanistan is necessary and beneficial for Pakistan’s peace and economic growth.”
Underling the significance of Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace deal, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said: “The world has endorsed the stance of Pakistan that there is no military solution to Afghan conflict. We have always suggested to the world that the only way forward in Afghanistan is a negotiated political settlement. There will be a beginning of new peace era in Afghanistan when the peace deal is signed.
“After the peace deal with US, it will be up to the Afghans that how they will decide the future of their country. They have to decide that how they will resolve their issues through dialogue and negotiations. Pakistan can only support the peace efforts in Afghanistan. The final decision is their own.”