PM re­ceives Queen of Nether­lands at PM House

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif will lead a high-level del­e­ga­tion on a two-day visit to the State of Qatar on Wed­nes­day (to­day), dur­ing which the two coun­tries are ex­pected to sign a num­ber of agree­ments in var­i­ous fields in­clud­ing a long-term sale-pur­chase agree­ment of LNG. Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif will visit Qatar on Feb 10-11, on the in­vi­ta­tion of Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Ha­mad Al Thani and Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of State of Qatar Ab­dul­lah bin Nasser bin Khal­ifa Al Thani, said a state­ment is­sued by the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs (Mofa).

The premier's visit, which comes less than a year af­ter the Qatari Emir vis­ited Pak­istan in March of 2015, "is a tes­ti­mony of grow­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two broth­erly coun­tries", it said. Dur­ing the visit, the prime min­is­ter will hold meet­ings with the Emir and his coun­ter­part, and will be called on by se­nior cab­i­net min­is­ters of Qatar. The two sides will par­tic­i­pate in wide-rang­ing del­e­ga­tion-level talks, dur­ing which a num­ber of Mem­o­ran­dums of Un­der­stand­ing (MoUs) in the field of health, ra­dio and tele­vi­sion, education and re­search.

The fo­cus of the visit and in­ter­ac­tion with the Qatari lead­er­ship will be on fur­ther en­hance­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion, trade and in­vest­ment, de­fence and in­crease in em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Pak­istani work­force in Qatar. Both lead­ers will also ex­change views on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif Tues­day re­ceived Queen M xima of the Nether­lands here ath the Prime Min­is­ter House. The Prime Min­is­ter greeted the Queen who landed in the cap­i­tal late Mon­day night.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar, Min­is­ter of State for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Anousha Rehman and Chair­man Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gramme Marvi Me­mon also re­ceived Queen Max­ima. The Prime Min­is­ter's daugh­ter Maryam Nawaz was also present. Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif had met the Queen of Nether­lands on the side­lines of the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in Davos in Jan­uary. Queen Max­ima also works in her ca­pac­ity as the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral's Spe­cial Ad­vo­cate (UNSGSA) for In­clu­sive Fi­nance for De­vel­op­ment 2016.

Her visit to Pak­istan is in con­nec­tion with Pak­istan's Na­tional Fi­nan­cial In­clu­sion Strat­egy (NFIS), launched in May 2015, to pro­mote ac­cess to fi­nan­cial ser­vices such as bank and sav­ings ac­counts, loans and in­sur­ance for im­prov­ing fi­nan­cial sta­tus of masses.

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