Pakistan, Qatar agree to collaborate in diverse areas mainly energy, trade

Doha: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabar Al Thani in wide ranging talks Monday agreed to collaborate in diverse areas mainly energy and trade for mutual benefit of two countries.

At exclusive and delegation level talks at Amiri Diwan, office of Qatar’s Prime Minister, they also discussed joint development of hydro power, identifying sources of financing, explore investment in energy, rehabilitating existing hydropower plants, construction of National Highway, Motorway infrastructure.

Gilani said Pakistan was interested in importing 500 million cubic feet LNG per day from Qatar that produces 77 million tonnes per annum of LNG. It will be initially provided to power houses to generate 2500MW electricity.

He told Qatari Premier to absorb Pakistani skilled, semi-skilled labour. Already 87,000 Pakistani expatriates were efficiently contributing to Qatar’s economy. More Pakistanis could effectively be part of Qatar’s demand of two million work force for infrastructure projects for FIFA 2022 World Cup in Doha.

He stressed need to diversify trade potential between both countries. He noted remittances from Qatar rose to $354 million in 2010 as compared to $339.51 million in 2009. Pakistan gave great importance to its ties with Qatar and wanted to explore new avenues of cooperation.

Qatar was playing important role in regional stability and peace in Afghanistan, he observed. He expressed satisfaction over security and defence cooperation between two countries.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Ms Hina Rabbani Khar, Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain, Technical & Vocational Education Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada, senior officials. A guard of honour ceremony was held on arrival of Prime Minister at Amiri Diwan.

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