Bahraini parliamentary delegation calls on President

Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the need for translating the strong fraternal bonds existing between Pakistan and Bahrain into substantive economic and trade partnership commensurate to the bilateral trade potential.

The President said this during his meeting Mr. Khalifa bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Aldhahrani, Chairman Council of Representatives, Kingdom of Bahrain at the Presidency on Wednesday.

The Bahraini parliamentary delegation led by Khalifa bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Aldhahrani, Chairman Council of Representatives included among others Mr. Abdel Halim Abdullah Murad, Chairman of Finance and Economics committee, Mr. Ahmed A. Wahed Jassim Qarata, Member of the Friendship Committee, Mr. Ali Ahmed Zayed, Member of the Friendship Committee and Mohamed Salem Jasim Buqais, Member of Council of Representatives. Bahrain Ambassador in Pakistan, Mohammad Ebrahim Mohammad Abdul Qadir, was also present.

From Pakistan side, those present during the meeting included among others Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly, Pir Shafqat Hussain Jilani, MNA/Convener Pakistan Bahrain PFG and Mr. Karamat Hussain Niazi, Secretary, National Assembly.

Welcoming Chairman Council of Representatives of Bahrain and the accompanying delegation on visit to Pakistan, the President said that Pakistan highly values its close and fraternal ties with Bahrain and desires to further diversify and strengthen these ties in various fields of mutual benefit.

The President said that Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy close and cordial relations based on mutual trust and understanding that deeply rooted in our culture and history.

Discussing bilateral cooperation, the President said that the two countries have always stood by each other in difficult times , adding that Pakistan appreciates the assistance by the Kingdom of Bahrain to Pakistan in testing times including the natural calamities in Pakistan over the years.

The two sides expressed satisfaction that the two brotherly countries enjoy similarity of views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Discussing bilateral trade ties, the President noted that economic and commercial ties between the two countries have been gradually improving, however, he stressed for more vigorous steps to enhance the volume of bilateral trade as the current trade volume was well below the real potential existing between Pakistan and Bahrain.

The President said that regular holding of the Joint Commission’s meetings, revitalizing the Joint Business Council and enhanced interaction of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of both countries could help boost bilateral trade and investment ties.

On Parliamentary ties, the President said that Pak-Bahrain Friendship Group in National Assembly of Pakistan has been constituted and expressed hope that the visit of Bahraini Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Khalifa bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Aldhahrani, Chairman Council of Representatives would help further strengthen bilateral ties besides promoting Parliament to Parliament and people to people contacts between the two countries.

Chairman Council of Representatives, Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al-Dhahrani thanked the President and government of Pakistan for the warm welcome and hospitality being extended to him and the accompanying delegation and termed relations between Pakistan and Bahrain as historic and unique.

He said that Bahrain attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan and was keen to further cement the ties through rejuvenating parliamentary contacts and exploring possible avenues of economic cooperation.

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