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Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, received H. E. Mr. Marzouq Ali M. Al-Ghanim, Speaker of the National Assembly of the State of Kuwait, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today. H. E. Mr. Al-Ghanim was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising members of Parliament of Kuwait. Ambassador of Kuwait to Pakistan was also present during the meeting.

The Adviser extended a warm welcome to H. E. Mr. Al-Ghanim and members of his delegation. He highlighted the close and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Kuwait and underscored that visit of Prime Minister of Kuwait, HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, to Pakistan in November 2013 was helpful in enhancing bilateral relations. He underlined that the visit of H. E. Mr. Al-Ghanim would further strengthen our relations. The Adviser expressed Pakistan’s resolve to further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation existing between the two countries.

The Speaker of the Parliament of Kuwait hailed positive trajectory of Pakistan-Kuwait bilateral relations, which were deep-rooted in common faith and shared values. He recalled Pakistan’s strong support in the wake of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, which had earned Pakistan everlasting respect in the hearts of the people of Kuwait. He conveyed that the Parliament of Kuwait was supportive of all initiatives aimed at further improving relations between Pakistan and Kuwait.

In-depth discussions were held on regional issues and their impact on peace and security. The sides also discussed current developments in the Middle East, including Iraq, Syria, and Yemen and ways to address challenges facing the region. In this context, the Adviser highlighted the Resolution passed by the Parliament of Pakistan on 10 April 2015, which had, inter alia, advised the Government of Pakistan to enhance its friendship and cooperation with the GCC in combating extremism and terrorism.

The Speaker of Kuwait National Assembly thanked the Adviser for the generous hospitality and warm welcome, which was reflective of mutual respect that peoples of the two countries have for each other.

13 May 2015

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