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Bahrain is a close friend and a trusted partner : Prime Minister Abbasi

Lahore : Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said Pakistan considers Kingdom of Bahrain a close friend and a trusted partner.

“Our bilateral relations are founded on shared history, cultural linkages and strong people-to-people contacts”, he added.

The Prime Minister was talking to Chairman Shura Council (Upper House) of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Ali Bin Saleh Al-Saleh, who along with a delegation, called on him here at the PM Office, a press release issued by the PM’s Media Office here said.

The Prime Minister warmly welcomed the delegation to Pakistan. He appreciated the active participation of Bahraini delegation in the parliamentary engagements with Pakistan.

He stated that cooperation between the Parliaments of the two countries would further strengthen the brotherly ties.

The Prime Minister recalled the high-level exchanges between the two brotherly countries, including the visit of King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa followed by visit of the Prime Minister to Bahrain and the visit of the Foreign Minister of Bahrain to Islamabad.

These exchanges must continue as they symbolize our deep ties, he added.

Holding the inaugural session of Pakistan-Bahrain Bilateral Political Consultation in July 2016 and Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) in Islamabad in February 2017 reflect our desire to further strengthen and expand cooperation with Bahrain in areas such as energy, trade and economic fields for mutual benefit of both countries, the prime minister stated.

The Bahraini Shura Council delegation comprised Jameela Nasaif, Second Deputy Chairman, Khalid Mohamed Almusalam, Head of Foreign Affairs, Defense and National Security Committee, Nawar Ali Almahmood, Deputy Head of Public Services Committee and Member of Youth Affairs Committee.

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and Mohamed Ebrahim Mohamed Abdulqader, Ambassador of Bahrain in Islamabad were also present in the meeting.

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