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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi undertook an official visit to the State of Kuwait on 18-19 May 2019 and held wide- ranging discussions with the Kuwaiti leadership on matters of mutual interest.

During the visit, the Foreign Minister had an audience with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of Kuwait. Welcoming the Foreign Minister, His Highness the Amir expressed deep affection for the leadership and people of Pakistan. The Foreign Minister extended an invitation to the Amir of Kuwait on behalf of the President to visit Pakistan. The Foreign Minister also handed over a letter addressed by the Prime Minister seeking his kind indulgence in facilitating visa matters relating to Pakistan nationals.

The Foreign Minister also held delegation-level talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kuwait H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Ahmad Al Sabah and reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations. The Foreign Minister proposed that the two sides may devise an institutional mechanism to bolster bilateral cooperation in mutually identified areas including trade, investment, agriculture and food security, defence and manpower. Both sides agreed to continue cooperation in the UN, OIC, ACD and other multilateral fora. Acknowledging Kuwait’s efforts for regional peace, Foreign Minister Qureshi proposed close cooperation between the two countries for promoting regional peace and stability.

The Foreign Minister of Kuwait hosted Foreign Minister Qureshi and the accompanying delegation for an Iftaar-Dinner the day before.

The Foreign Minister also met the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Khalid Al Jarrah Al-Sabah and discussed visa-related issues faced by the Pakistani community. Both sides agreed to have further discussions on the subject. While appreciating the role of Pakistani Diaspora, the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Kuwait evinced interest in acquiring professional/skilled and semi-skilled labour from Pakistan.

Apart from having high-level meetings, the Foreign Minister met with top Kuwaiti businessmen and investors. During the business meetings, the Foreign Minister invited Kuwaiti 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. The Foreign Minister also invited Kuwait’s public and private sectors to become partners in the government’s scheme of low cost housing units.

The Foreign Minister also addressed Pakistani community in Kuwait before leaving for Pakistan.

20 May 2019

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