Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. – File Photo

KUWAIT: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was accorded a very warm welcome, as he arrived here Monday on a two-day official visit to hold talks with Kuwaiti leadership to strengthen bilateral ties.

Prime Minister Gilani was received by Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Pakistan's Ambassador in Kuwait Iftikhar Aziz and senior Embassy officials were also present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar.

Two children clad in traditional dress presented bouquet to the Prime Minister, as he alighted from the special plane.

During the welcome ceremony at the airport, Prime Minister Gilani was presented a guard of honour and national anthems of the two countries were played.

The two Prime Ministers on this occasion also had an informal meeting. Later Prime Minister Gilani left for the Bayan Palace to meet the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Besides meeting the political leadership, the Prime Minister during his two-day visit will also hold important meetings with the heads of Kuwait Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA).

The Prime Minister will also address a community meeting and will speak about the challenges facing Pakistan and the measures taken by the present democratic government to resolve these. – APP

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