Qatari Emir arrives in Pakistan on two-day visit- Samaa Digital


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The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani arrived in Islamabad at 6pm on Saturday on a two-day official visit.

The Emir is visiting Pakistan on invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and is accompanied by a delegation of ministers and senior officials of the Qatari government. He was welcomed at the Nur Khan Airbase by the prime minister.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Special Assistant to PM Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari and other high officials were also present to welcome the foreign dignitary.

This is the Emir’s second visit to Pakistan. He last visited four years ago in March, 2015.

The Emir was given a 21-gun salute. Children clad in traditional attire presented a bouquet to the visiting dignitary. Later, PM Khan himself drove the Emir to the Prime Minister House.

The Qatari leader is scheduled to discuss a mutually beneficial economic partnership between the two countries in a meeting with PM Khan and President Arif Alvi.

In a statement, Ambassador of Qatar to Pakistan Saqar Bin Mubarak Al Mansouri said the visit will contribute to strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. He said the visit will establish a future partnership-based relationship between the two countries.

He said the Emir will discuss bilateral relations as well as a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern with the premier and president.

As part of security for the Emir’s visit, the Red Zone in Islamabad has been sealed. For two days, the Metro Bus Service and hiking trails will also remain closed. Over 1,000 security personnel are on duty.

Pakistan and Qatar signed three MoUs in the fields of trade, investment, tourism and financial intelligence, Radio Pakistan reported.

The MoUs were signed a few hours after the Qatari leader’s arrival in Islamabad. Read more here


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