PM gives high im­por­tance to ties with Bahrain

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yousuf Raza Gi­lani on Thurs­day said that Pak­istan at­tached very high im­por­tance to its fra­ter­nal and cor­dial ties with the King­dom of Bahrain.

Talk­ing to Lt Gen Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Isa Bin Sal­man Al-Khal­ifa, Com­man­der Na­tional Guards of Bahrain, the Prime Min­is­ter said he was look­ing for­ward to his of­fi­cial visit to Bahrain in the first quar­ter of 2011 to add new im­pe­tus to the po­lit­i­cal, de­fence, eco­nomic, labour and man­power co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides.

Ex­press­ing his sat­is­fac­tion with the on­go­ing de­fence co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, the Prime Min­is­ter hoped that the Draft Agree­ment in this im­por­tant field, cur­rently un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, would soon be fi­nal­ized.

He also pro­posed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) on bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in the field of labour and man­power to the mu­tual ben­e­fit of both the coun­tries.

He hoped that Bahrain would con­tinue to give pref­er­ence to the

man­power from Pak­istan to meet its re­quire­ments in the skilled and non-skilled sec­tors.

Di­lat­ing on the trade and eco­nomic re­la­tions be­tween the two sides, the Prime Min­is­ter called for Bahrain's pro-ac­tive role in start­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions on Free Trade Agree­ment be­tween Pak­istan and the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) coun­tries.

Lt Gen Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Isa Bin Sal­man Al-Khal­ifa termed Pak­istan as his sec­ond home. He said that Pak­istan was the coun­try which was held in the high­est es­teem by the lead­er­ship and the peo­ple of Bahrain.

He as­sured the Prime Min­is­ter that while Bahrain has al­ready sup­ported Pak­istan's cause at in­ter­na­tional fora and bi­lat­er­ally, Pak­istan can de­pend on this sup­port even in fu­ture as well.

He expressed his sat­is­fac­tion on his talks with the de­fence au­thor­i­ties of Pak­istan and pledged his full sup­port for en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pak­istan and Bahrain in the de­fence and labour and man­power fields.

He also stated that Pak­istan's request for Bahrain's role in ini­ti­at­ing Free Trade Agree­ment with the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil coun­tries would be com­mu­ni­cated to his coun­try's lead­er­ship. -App

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