MANAMA: The second meeting of the Bahrain-Pakistan Joint Ministerial Commission put the spotlight on co-operation in various sectors including political, economic, finance and banking, industry, public health, science and technology, and information.
Foreign Minister Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani led the Bahraini side, while his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi headed the Pakistani delegation.
This comes within the framework of an agreement to establish a Joint Ministerial Commission, which was signed between the two countries in 2014.
Dr Al Zayani expressed keen interest in furthering the deep-rooted bilateral relationship.
He highlighted the importance of high-level visits, which, he said, contributed to strengthening and consolidating relations, recalling the visit of His Majesty King Hamad to Pakistan in February 2014, and the visit to Bahrain by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on December 16, 2019.
Dr Al Zayani commended the contribution of the Pakistani community to the kingdom’s development.
He noted that Bahrain was keen to extend its utmost care to Pakistani residents throughout the Covid pandemic – including healthcare, testing, vaccinations, visa extensions – and that Bahrain will continue to do all that is needed to assure the safety and health of its citizens and residents.
He also hoped to have constructive and productive discussions on these issues, and the opportunity to explore areas of co-operation and to operationalise existing agreements to reach the best outcomes in this meeting.
On the sidelines of the meeting, a memorandum of understanding between the Bahrain Development Board and Board of Investment of Pakistan was signed to promote bilateral investment between the two countries.
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