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PM to leave for Bahrain on official visit

Updated January 06, 2015


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — AFP/File
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be travelling to Bahrain — a country that hosts over 100,000 Pakistanis — on Jan 7 for a two day visit to the Gulf state.

“The prime minister has been invited by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, and His Royal Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain,” FO spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said in a statement.

According to details worked out for the visit, the prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation.

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During the visit, the premier will have meetings with the Bahraini King and his counterpart besides meetings with select Bahraini ministers.

Aslam said the delegation-level talks and tête-à-tête with the King will focus on further enhancement of bilateral relations in various fields, including energy cooperation, employment, trade and investment and defence.

"Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy excellent bilateral relations in all fields and the two countries also closely cooperate at international fora like the UN and OIC,” the spokeswoman said.

It may be recalled that the Bahraini King paid his first state visit to Pakistan in March 2014 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. During that visit, several agreements on cooperation in the fields of economic development, food security, investment, labour, and water and power were signed.

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