Pakistan-Bahrain enhanced trade, defence cooperation to further strengthen ties

Trade and industry

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari says enhanced trade, defence with Bahrain and expanded bilateral cooperation in manpower would further strengthen ties between two countries.

He was talking to visiting Commander National Guards of Bahrain Lt. General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa Thursday at Aiwan-e-Sadr. They discussed Pak-Bahrain relations particularly defence cooperation, regional issues.

Zardari said Pakistan values its ties with brotherly country of Bahrain. He felt existing bilateral trade was well below real potential and could be enhanced considerably with increased commercial, economic cooperation. He urged regular meetings of Pakistan-Bahrain Joint Economic Commission to boost trade, investment. He invited Bahraini businessmen, investors to benefit from attractive incentives packages Pakistan was offering to foreign investors.

On current situation in Middle East, President said Pakistan desires peace, security, stability in Bahrain and in whole of Middle East. He lauded social, economic progress of Bahrain under its leadership and said Pakistan wished continued prosperity and stability of Bahrain and its people. Sizeable Pakistani community living and working in Bahrain was manifestation of close bilateral ties between two countries.

Commander National Guards of Bahrain hoped existing close cooperation between two countries would continue to grow. Ambassador of Bahrain Mohammad Ebrahim Mohammad Abdul Qadir also attended meeting.

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