Prime Minister Imran Khan paid an official visit to the State of Qatar from 21-22 January 2019 at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. During the visit, the Prime Minster was accompanied by Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Petroleum, Adviser to the Prime Minster on Commerce, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, Chairman Board of Investment, Chairperson Prime Minister’s Energy Task Force and the Foreign Secretary.
Upon his arrival at the Diwan e Emiri, the Prime Minister was given Guard of Honour. Following a delegation level meeting, the Prime Minister and the Amir held one-on-one meeting.
The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and emerging international dynamics. Both leaders also expressed their desire to enhance bilateral relations between two brotherly countries and discussed ways to strengthen partnerships in all areas of mutual interest. His Highness Emir congratulated Prime Minister on the peaceful transition of the government in Pakistan and his election as Prime Minister. He assured the Prime Minister of all possible support for progress and development of Pakistan. The Emir hosted a banquet lunch in honour of the Prime Minster and his entourage.
Earlier on arrival in Doha the day before, the Prime Minister held a delegation level meeting with H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, at his residence. The Qatari Prime Minister hosted a dinner in the honour of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and his delegation.
Apart from high level meetings, the Prime Minister also held key meetings with top Qatari businessmen and investors. During the business meetings, Prime Minister Imran Khan invited Qatari Business leaders to invest in all sectors of Pakistan’s economy, including energy, petroleum and petrochemicals, agricultural research, food processing, culture, tourism, education and infrastructure development. Prime Minister invited Qatari Public and private sectors to become partners in his government’s drive for construction of 5 million low cost housing units over the next five years. Qatari business leaders expressed great interest in investing in Pakistan.
Prime Minister thanked Qatar for its decision to import 100,000 Pakistani workers. He also requested the Emir for a greater share for Pakistani manpower in 2022 FIFA related large scale infrastructure development projects.
The Prime Minister also addressed over 15,000 Pakistanis at Wakra Stadium. The Pakistani community responded with enthusiasm and great interest.
Prime Minister extended an invitation to the Emir to visit Pakistan on mutually convenient dates which was accepted.
22 January 2019