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(2017-02-04) Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom ofBahrain, along with his high powered delegation, will visit Islamabad from 5-6 February 2017 to participate in the inaugural session of the Pakistan-Bahrain Joint Ministerial Commission. Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs will co-chair the 1st JMCsession on Pakistan’s side.

Besides the JMC, a one-on-one meeting and delegation-level talks to review bilateral relations and regional issues are also included in the visit program. This is the second meeting between Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa in less than two months. They had last interacted on the sidelines of the 12thManama Dialogue in December 2016, in Bahrain.

During his stay in Pakistan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain will also pay courtesy calls on the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. He will also be given a presentation about the scope of and future prospects of CPEC. A number of MoUs are likely to be signed after the conclusion of the JMC.

The JMC is being held as the two sides agreed to upgrade the frame of Pak-Bahrain Joint Economic Committee established since 1983, to the Ministerial level. An MoU to this effect was signed during the visit of King of Bahrain in March 2014. During the inaugural session of JMC, both sides will hold expert level talks, particularly focusing on Commerce, Investment, Energy, Defence, Export of Manpower, Agriculture, Higher Education and other areas of mutual interest.

Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy traditionally close and fraternal relations. Since the landmark visit of His Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa, the King of Bahrain in 2014 and a return visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in January 2015, Pak-Bahrain bilateral relations have been following an upward trajectory.

4 February 2017

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