PR No.67 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Bahrain which are deep rooted in shared history, values and culture and based on mutual trust and understanding.

The President said this while talking to Foreign Minister of Bahrain Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Monday. Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik and ambassador of Bahrain to Pakistan Mohamed Ibrahim Mohammed Abdul Qader were also present on the occasion.

The President stated that friendly political relations between Pakistan and Bahrain provide an excellent foundation for building a mutually beneficial economic, commercial, trade and investment partnership.

The President noted that the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries is not commensurate with the potential and called for increasing bilateral trade volume to the benefit of both countries. The President said that regular business to business interaction is imperative for further strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries.

The President welcomed Bahraini investment in Pakistan, particularly in energy sector and infrastructure development, where Pakistan offers attractive investment regime. President Mamnoon Hussain apprised that the current investment policy of Pakistan has created an investment friendly environment, guaranteeing equal treatment of foreign and domestic investors, protecting foreign investment with high rates of dividends.

The President expressed gratitude to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa for the generous gift of the King Hamad Nursing University, an icon of our traditional friendship in this new era, which is being built in Islamabad. The President hoped that with His Majesty’s personal interest and support, construction work on the Nursing University would commence soon.

The President said that the Pakistani diaspora in Bahrain is a strong bridge between our two brotherly countries as they continue to play an important role in the development and prosperity of both Pakistan and Bahrain. The President stated that Pakistan is ready to meet all human resource requirements in view of Bahrain’s ongoing and future development projects.

President Mamnoon Hussain called for regular exchange of educational delegations and emphasized to keep investing in Pak-Bahrain friendship by enhancing cooperation in the field of education.

The President conveyed best wishes to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and His Royal Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain.

Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister of Bahrain Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa said that Bahrain regards Pakistan as a brotherly and friendly country and expressed optimism that bilateral relations will reach new heights in future.

The President wished the Foreign Minister and his delegation a pleasant stay in Islamabad.