PM meets Qatari Amir, thanks QIA for nod to invest $3bn in Pakistan

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DOHA (Qatar): Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Wednesday expressed satisfaction on the upward trajectory of bilateral relations and agreed to work together to further strengthen cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.

The two leaders, who met here at the Diwan-e-Amiri, during their extensive consultations, exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Cabinet Ministers and senior members.

Upon arrival at the Diwan-e-Amiri, the Prime Minister was welcomed by the Amir in an official ceremony and presented a Guard of Honour.

The two leaders then held delegation-level consultations, which were followed by a lunch banquet hosted by the Amir in the honour of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his entourage.

The two sides agreed inter alia to strengthen institutional engagement to increase bilateral trade; deepen collaboration in the agriculture and food sectors; boost cooperation in the fields of energy; encourage and facilitate Qatar’s investments in Pakistan’s renewable energy, tourism and hospitality sectors; provide more opportunities to Pakistanis interested in working in Qatar; and expand cooperation in defence, aviation and maritime domains.

The Amir reassured the Prime Minister of Qatar’s commitment to forge a stronger economic partnership with Pakistan.

The Prime Minister thanked the Amir for the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA)’s readiness to invest US $ 3 billion in various commercial and investment sectors in Pakistan.

Lauding Qatar’s remarkable economic transformation, the Prime Minister congratulated the Qatari leadership for its visionary and forward-looking approach and wished the Qatari people more success in the future.

Recalling Pakistan’s long-term partnership with Qatar in the field of LNG cooperation, he thanked the Amir for Qatar’s vital support in meeting Pakistan’s energy needs. The two sides also explored new avenues for mutually beneficial cooperation in the energy sector.

The Prime Minister stressed that the Pakistanis working and residing in Qatar were not only a source of strength for the economic progress of both countries but also a testament to the value of people-to-people linkages.

He hoped that Qatar’s rapid economic growth would present even greater opportunities for Pakistanis in the future.

The Prime Minister appreciated the extensive arrangements made by the Government of Qatar for hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022.

He assured the Qatari leadership of Pakistan’s support for the successful organization of the mega event.

As the two leaders also exchanged views on the developments in the region, the Prime Minister appreciated Qatar for its long-standing and continuing efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The two sides agreed to work together to help address the grave humanitarian and economic crises confronting the Afghan people, stressing that the situation warranted the international community’s scaled up assistance.

The Prime Minister highlighted the grave human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and underscored the importance of a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute for sustainable peace, security and prosperity in South Asia.

The Amir of Qatar congratulated the Prime Minister on assumption of office and wished him full success. He also conveyed his best wishes for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.

The Amir appreciated the important contribution of Pakistanis in the development of Qatar, and shared Qatar’s resolve to provide enhanced employment opportunities for Pakistanis, in line with the Qatar Vision 2030.

The two leaders agreed on the importance of frequent high-level exchanges for maintaining the present momentum in bilateral cooperation.

The Prime Minister extended a cordial invitation to the Amir to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

Pakistan and Qatar enjoy long-standing, fraternal relations marked by shared faith, mutual trust, and close cooperation. This is the first visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif to Qatar since assuming office in April 2022.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister in a tweet posted on his social media account said he held a very productive meeting with the Amir of Qatar.

He said that the sides decided to take their excellent bilateral relations to the next level of bilateral engagement.

The Prime Minister further said that he was grateful to the Amir for Qatar’s investment of $ 3 billion in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday visited FIFA World Cup ‘Stadium 974’ in Doha and lauded the efforts of Qatar in establishing state-of-the-art facilities for the upcoming one of the biggest sporting event.

Upon arrival at the stadium, the prime minister was given the guided tour of the stadium and was briefed on the extensive preparations undertaken by the government of Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.

He praised the grandeur of the football stadium and associated facilities, depicting the Qatari culture and identity, built in a short span of time.

Recalling the less than 100 days countdown of FIFA World Cup, the lrime minister wished the people and leadership of Qatar a resounding success in the convening of the mega event.

Besides underlining the important contribution of Pakistani workforce in building the world cup-related infrastructure, the prime minister expressed that Pakistanis were proud of the fact that the football, “Al-Rihla”, the official match ball of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, was a made-in-Pakistan product.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to expedite rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas, considering the prediction of more rains in those areas.

The prime minister, who is currently on a two-day official visit to Qatar, is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts in the country for relief of the flood-stricken people.

He directed the National Disaster Management Authority and all the relevant ministries and departments to collaborate with one another as consecutive rain spells were deteriorating the flood-caused destructions.

He said as the flash floods had inflicted huge losses on the people, it was the nation’s responsibility to support their countrymen.

“The rehabilitation in the calamity-hit areas is a gigantic task. This is possible only through collective efforts,” the prime minister said and requested the local and international charity organizations to extend their support for the rehabilitation of affected population. — APP