Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Interior and Planning, Development & Reform reached Muscat last evening on a visit last evening with a two-day substantive and packed schedule at the invitation of Shaikh Hatim Taie, Member Upper House & Chairman ‘Al-Roya Media Group’, which publishes 3 Arabic Dailies and manages a ‘think tank’ titled, ‘Al-Roya Forum’.

Upon arrival, the engagements commenced with an extraordinary community outreach Event at Jinnah Hall, Pakistan School Muscat where he interacted with over 650 Pakistanis and exclusively invited guests. A delegation of 15 Pakistanis representing the Sheraani Tribe of Balochistan also participated at the invitation of the Ambassador upon undertaking a 6-hour journey Buraimi and suburbs.

The Event was concluded with Q&A Session and award of ‘Certificates of Excellence’ were awarded to the distinguished Professor Michael Jansen, (Sitara-e-Imtiaz~1987) for services to Pakistan in addition to numerous Pakistani professionals and youths excelling in fields of Arts, Academics and Sports.

Following the Community Outreach, the Minister arrived at Residence of HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamad Al Khalili, Grand Mufti and held fruitful exchange with Scholars and intellectuals over a Reception hosted by the Grand Mufti.

Today commenced with a cordial meeting with His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said, Adviser to His Majesty, on margins of ‘Al Roya Forum’ Conference on Economic and Strategic Value of Omani Ports’ where, subsequently, the visiting Minister delivered a Key-Note Speech themed “CPEC & Beyond”

Following the Forum, the Minister held a bilateral meeting with HE Sayyid Hamoud Al Busaidi, Interior Minister and called on Assistant Grand Mufti HE Dr. Kahlan Al Khrusi and invited him to visit Pakistan which was accepted.

Hon’ble Minister was hosted over a Luncheon at residence of HE Shiekh Abdullah Mohammad al Salmi, Minister Religious Affairs, joined by Excellencies Dr. Ali Sunaidy, Minister Commerce & Industry and Sheikh Hatim Al Taie.

The Honble Minister appeared on the cover of today’s issue ‘Al Roya Daily’ and recorded interview with Oman Daily and Oman TV on margins of the Conference, will record further interviews with print and electronic media of Oman and participate at a Diplomatic Reception at “Pakistan House” hosted by Ambassador of Pakistan HE Ali Javed, and continue interaction with Diplomatic Corps, Omani civil society and functionaries and prominent Pakistanis.

The remarkable warmth with which Minister Ahsan Iqbal was received in Oman, substantive engagements and access accorded mirrors the true depth and dimension of the Pakistan-Oman historic bonds of trust, affinity and kinship

Pakistan Embassy – Muscat

January 15, 2018.

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