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In a meeting held on sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly in New York, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah agreed to upgrade cooperation in counterterrorism and promote Kuwaiti investment in Pakistan.

The two leaders reviewed ongoing bilateral cooperation and identified scope of improvement in areas of counterterrorism and defence cooperation. Foreign Minister Al-Sabah, who is the Chairman of the Kuwait Fund, expressed keen interest in utilizing this instrument for investments and projects in Pakistan. In this regard, the two sides need to explore possible areas of cooperation, particularly in health and education sectors.

The two leaders also expressed serious concerns on threats of terrorism posed by ISIS. In this regard, they agreed to enhance cooperation. Foreign Minister Al-Sabah briefed Mr. Sartaj Aziz on situation in Iraq and Yemen.

Mr. Sartaj Aziz highlighted the problems faced by Pakistani nationals from visa regime instituted by the Kuwaiti Government. It has also created difficulties for Pakistani families living in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister promised to address the issue. He appreciated the role of skilled and semi-skilled labour force from Pakistan in the development of Kuwait.

The two sides also discussed ways and means to strengthen the unity of Muslim Ummah and to further enhance their cooperation in multilateral organizations.


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