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Pakistan remains committed to expand its relationship with Bahrain, Qureshi tells Bahraini interior minister

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MANAMA, Bahrain: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan attaches importance to its close relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain and remains committed to expand this relationship in all spheres of bilateral cooperation.

In a meeting with the Interior Minister of Bahrain General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa in Manama on Thursday, Qureshi recalled the strong defence and security cooperation between the two Countries, and highlighted that these bonds provided significant opportunities for deeper bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, in particular the promotion of bilateral trade and investment.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi lauded the Kingdom’s earnest efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. He thanked the government of Bahrain for administering COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistanis living in Bahrain.

The foreign minister also appreciated the active role of the ministry of interior in facilitating the Pakistan community in Bahrain during the testing times of the COVID-19 pandemic by launching Visa Amnesty Scheme; waiver of fines; and repatriation of pardoned prisoners, stranded individuals, and families to Pakistan.

The Bahraini interior minister extended the warm welcome to the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and underscored the importance Bahrain attaches to its fraternal relations with Pakistan.

General Shaikh Rashid expressed his satisfaction over the strength contributed to the bilateral relationship through close cooperation in defence and security areas.

While acknowledging the important contribution of the Pakistani expatriate community in the development of Bahrain, the interior minister reiterated the commitment of the government of Bahrain to provide a safe and secure environment to Pakistanis expatriates in Bahrain.

Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy traditionally close and fraternal relations that are deeply rooted in common faith and history. Bahrain’s strategic location makes it significant for international peace and stability.

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