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Pakistan, Bahrain FMs review entire gamut of bilateral ties

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MANAMA, Bahrain: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani on the margins of the 2nd Session of Pakistan-Bahrain Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) held in Manama on Wednesday.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed his gratitude for the warm hospitality extended to his delegation.

The two foreign ministers had a detailed discussion on the entire gamut of Pakistan-Bahrain bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The two sides agreed to continue working closely to further strengthen bilateral relations in all spheres, with a particular focus on trade, investment, energy, and culture.

Recalling the traditionally close and fraternal bilateral ties, rooted deep in common faith and shared values, Qureshi underscored the need to explore new areas of cooperation to further deepen the bilateral relations.

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted the shifting the focus of the current Government from geo-politics to geo-economics, with emphasis on building development partnerships and regional connectivity.

Highlighting the human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the foreign minister reiterated Pakistan’s principled position on peaceful resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in line with the UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

The foreign minister also apprised on the evolving situation in Afghanistan and underlined Pakistan’s earnest efforts for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

Qureshi lauded the positive role of Pakistani expatriates in deepening the bonds between the two Countries and also discussed matters pertaining to the welfare of the Pakistani diaspora in Bahrain.

The Bahrain foreign minister extended a warm welcome to Shah Mahmood Qureshi and expressed the desire of the government of Bahrain to further broaden and deepen bilateral engagement in diverse fields.

Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani also expressed appreciation for the role and contribution of the Pakistani expatriate community towards the progress and economic development of Bahrain.

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