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(2018-09-26) On the side lines of 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani congratulated the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the successful election and welcomed his appointment as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan. The two Foreign Ministers applauded the close brotherly relationship between the two countries and vowed to strengthen the ties by forging partnerships and enhancing economic and trade relations.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed increase in the bilateral trade by 53%. He welcomed the formal operationalization of the Hamad Port and stressed to unleash the great economic potential between the two countries by increasing the exports in sectors such as food items, construction material, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, sports goods and fabrics. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi proposed early visit of the Qatari Chamber of Commerce and Industry and stressed on activating the Joint Business Council, agreed between the two countries in 2017.

The Foreign Minister of Qatar thanked Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and stressed the importance Qatar attaches to its bilateral relations with Pakistan. He reciprocated the cordiality shown by his counterpart by stressing the importance of translating the longstanding historic relations between the two countries into enhanced economic partnership. He also emphasized the need to activate all existing institutional mechanisms between the two countries, to take bilateral relations to the next level.

Both sides reiterated that Pakistan and Qatar are important members of the Muslim world and vowed to continue to work together at all fora for the advancement of common causes.

Islamabad

26 September 2018

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