Pakistan PM receives Bahrain’s highest civil award

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Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, right, confers the country's highest civil award to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan at Al-Sakhir Palace in Bahrain on Dec. 16, 2019. (Supplied)
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Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on 16th Dec, 2019. ( Photo Courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)
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Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on 16th Dec, 2019. ( Photo Courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)
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Updated 17 December 2019

Pakistan PM receives Bahrain’s highest civil award

  • This is Khan’s first state visit to Bahrain since assuming office in August 2018
  • Pakistan and Bahrain closely coordinate in multilateral fora including the UN, OIC, and GCC

ISLAMABAD: King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on Monday conferred Bahrain’s highest civilian recognition on Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Khan arrived at Manama on his first visit to the country since assuming office in August 2018, the PM Office said in a statement.
Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, received the Pakistani premier accompanied by a high-level delegation.




Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on Dec. 16, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)

“During the visit, (the prime minister) will have a one-on-one meeting with His Majesty Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa and hold delegation-level talks with Crown Prince His Royal Highness Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa,” said the official statement. “The exchange of views would cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional and international issues.”




Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on Dec. 16, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)

“Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy close cordial ties based on commonalities of faith and culture and marked by mutual trust and understanding,” the statement added. “The bilateral relationship is broad-based and multifaceted, covering diverse fields … Pakistan and Bahrain closely coordinate in multilateral fora including the UN, OIC, and GCC.”




Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on Dec. 16, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)

The ministry noted that the two countries had also established institutional mechanisms, including Bilateral Political Consultations and Joint Ministerial Commission, to bolster bilateral cooperation.
“Over 100,000 Pakistani expatriate community, which contributes to the socio-economic development of Bahrain, acts as a strong human bridge between the two countries,” the official handout maintained.
“The Prime Minister’s visit to Bahrain will enable the two sides to explore ways and means to further deepen bilateral trade and investments ties,” the statement continued. “The visit is of special significance and will impart a strong impetus to both sides’ endeavors to forge a closer, multifaceted bilateral relationship.”


Pakistani FM calls Pompeo, discusses India’s ‘regressive policies’ in Kashmir

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Pakistani FM calls Pompeo, discusses India’s ‘regressive policies’ in Kashmir

  • Qureshi tells the US state secretary that Pakistan will be Washington’s peace partner in the region
  • Says Islamabad hoped for the earliest convening of intra-Afghan negotiations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday thanked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for American participation in the United Nations Security Council debate over India’s “continuing regressive policies” in Kashmir on August 5, adding that the Security Council deliberations had once again reaffirmed the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to an official handout circulated in Islamabad, Qureshi had a phone call with the US official in which he discussed the United States-Pakistan relations along with other regional developments.
Stressing the importance of the bilateral relations between the two countries, the foreign minister said that “Pakistan would be a partner for peace with the US.”
Qureshi also noted that “the continued interest and commitment of the international community would help generate the necessary momentum toward the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the relevant UN Security Council security resolutions.”
Reviewing the recent developments in Afghanistan, he also reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement in the war-torn country.
“The Foreign Minister stressed that the Afghan peace process should be pursued in earnest. Noting the holding of Loya Jirga, he expressed the hope that a conducive environment would be created for the earliest convening of the intra-Afghan negotiations,” said the statement.
Exchanging notes on the COVID-19 pandemic, Qureshi thanked Pompeo for the US support and assistance. He also added that the government’s “smart lockdown” policy had helped Pakistan gradually open up its economy.