(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ISLAMABAD, April 9 (KUNA) - Foreign Minister of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, met Pakistan's civil, military leaderships on Tuesday during his visit to federal capital Islamabad.
President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi while talking to the visiting dignitary at President House, has stressed the need for expanding bilateral trade between Pakistan and Bahrain.
According to an official press release, the President highlighted the need for closer cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries. He underlined that Bahrain can import food grains, fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat products, textiles, leather goods, furniture, and surgical instruments from Pakistan.
He urged Bahrain to facilitate participation of Pakistan's public and private oil and gas companies in exploration of oil and gas in Bahrain. He also highlighted the opportunity for Bahrain to invest in the development of Pakistan's tourism industry.
President Alvi reiterated Pakistan's desire to further enhance bilateral collaboration in the field of defense. He also offered that Pakistan can play a mediatory role to bridge the differences between Gulf countries.
Foreign Minister of Bahrain appreciated the constructive role of Pakistani Diaspora in the economic development of Bahrain. He further said that investing in Pakistan is investing in the common future of both countries.
Sheikh Khalid also called on Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, at the premier house in Islamabad. The visiting dignitary has appreciated Pakistan's contributions for conflict prevention in the region during his meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ).
During the meeting matters of mutual interest including security situation in the region were discussed, said Pakistan military's media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan's contributions for conflict prevention in the region and also pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries, it added.
Earlier, Pakistan and Bahrain have Memorandums of Understanding regarding promotion of bilateral trade and investment, avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion.
These MoUs were signed by Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and his Bahraini counterpart in Islamabad. They agreed on further enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries. The two Foreign Ministers expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory of bilateral relations and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in all areas of common interest during their meeting.
Qureshi underscored Pakistan's strong reservations at assigning India any role in the OIC and draws the visiting dignitary's attention towards the looming danger of Indian aggression.
He also apprised the visiting dignitary on the role played by Pakistan in the ongoing talks between the US and the Afghan Taliban.
Bahraini Foreign Minister shared the desire for further deepening of bilateral relations, especially in the field of trade and investment.
Referring to the invitation extended by the Prime Minister of Bahrain to Prime Minister Imran Khan, he hoped that the visit would be scheduled at an early date. He lauded Pakistan's efforts for regional peace and stability, its restraint in the face of Indian aggression and contribution to Afghan peace process, said Pakistan Foreign Office. (end) sbk.rk