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Pakistan, Bahrain reiterates desire to further promote & expand bilateral cooperation

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The visiting Parliamentary Delegation of Bahrain led by the Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Bahrain Mrs. Fawzia Bint Abdulla Zainal met President Dr. Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Thursday.

In the meeting, the two sides reiterated their desire to further promote and expand Pakistan-Bahrain bilateral cooperation in various areas of mutual interest.

Both sides emphasized the need to further improve trade, economic and political relations.

Welcoming the delegation, the president said that Pakistan and Bahrain enjoyed excellent relations in various fields which were based on common bonds of religion and culture.

The president highlighted that Pakistan had great potential for exports in agriculture, food items, livestock, fisheries, and surgical instruments to Bahrain, and the volume of trade between the two sides needed to be enhanced.

President Arif Alvi added that Pakistan was an attractive destination for foreign investors as it offered enormous trade and investment opportunities and the business community of Bahrain required to benefit from these opportunities.

The president also underlined the need to make collective efforts by both the brotherly countries to counter the challenge of Islamophobia.

The president also shed light on the atrocities being committed by the Indian security forces in the Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and urged the international community to play its role in resolving the long outstanding dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

President Dr Arif Alvi reiterated the invitation to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the Crown Prince His Royal Highness Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to visit Pakistan.

The president deeply thanked the government of Bahrain for establishing the King Hamad University of Nursing and Associated Medical Sciences in Islamabad.

Mrs. Fawzia Bint Abdulla Zainal said that both countries enjoyed good relations and supported each other at the international fora. She emphasized the need to further broaden bilateral cooperation between the two brotherly countries.

The speaker of the council of representatives of Bahrain also conveyed warm regards from the King and the Prime Minister of Bahrain to President Arif Alvi.

The meeting also urged the need for enhancing bilateral engagements between the parliaments of the two Countries to further deepen bilateral ties.

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