His Excellency Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan is scheduled to pay a bilateral visit to the Sultanate Oman from January 29-31, 2019. The outreach foresees substantive engagements including ‘Strategic Consultations’ with Foreign Minister of Oman His Excellency Yusuf Alawi.

Both dignitaries shall also Co-Chair the 7th Session of Pak-Oman Joint Economic Commission with added significance as being the first such Session led by the Foreign Ministers thus effectively establishing the highest bilateral mechanism.

Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman HE Ali Javed, recalling the visits by the Chief of the three Armed Forces to Oman during March – September 2018, followed with visit of Honb’le Chairman Senate of Pakistan coinciding National Day of Oman (Nov 18-22), termed the forthcoming visit by the Foreign Minister, a ‘perfectly timed outreach’ to substantively advance historic relations with brotherly state of Oman.

He added, “newly elected Parliament of Pakistan represents the ‘winds of change’. Wisely leading the democratic government, Hon’ble Prime Minister Imran Khan has reposed his highest confidence in assigning the critical portfolio of Foreign Affairs to the veteran statesman His Excellency Shah Mehmood Qureshi. It reflects governments commitment and seriousness towards external relations and serving 9 million expats”.

The Ambassador concluded, “Pakistan and Oman, when viewed individually and collectively, are two strategic States. Their 5000 years of proven history (Indus Valley), 175 years of common geography, (Gwadar, 1783-1958), shared maritime boundaries and a unique blood-bond tie both nations in a ‘natural strategic partnership’.

Foreign Minister Qureshi’s commitments foresee exchanges with Omani leadership, meeting with Pakistan community and interaction with Oman civil society and media. Whereas the two Foreign Ministers have met recently on margins of UN General Assembly (September 2018), Hon’ble Qureshi has already visited the Sultanate twice in 2010, also as Foreign Minister of Pakistan.

Pakistan Embassy – Muscat

January 23, 2019.

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