Pakistan greatly values ties with Bahrain: NA Speaker

The Nation  |  Sep 28, 2022

 Pakistan greatly values ties with Bahrain: NA Speaker
ISLAMABAD    -   Speaker National Assembly Raja Per­vez Ashraf on Tuesday said that an emergency resolution will be present­ed in the context of the devastating floods in Pakistan in the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Rwanda.

The objective of the resolution is to present a forceful demand that devel­oped countries must compensate for irreparable socio-economic losses due to climate change in the developing countries. He expressed these views during telephonic conversation with the Speaker of the Council of Repre­sentatives of Kingdom of Bahrain Faw­zia Bint Abdullah Zainal.

Ashraf said that Pakistan greatly values its fraternal ties with Bahrain which are rooted deep in cultural af­finities. He said that Pakistan was in­terested in further augmenting the ex­isting close and cordial relations with Bahrain in all spheres. 

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He apprised the Speaker of Bahrain that Pakistan had successfully host­ed the 3rd Regional Seminar for the Parliaments of Asia Pacific Region on Achieving the Sustainable Develop­ment Goals from September 13-14, 2022 to highlight the losses and dam­ages caused by the devastating floods in Pakistan. 

While talking about World Tourism day, being observed on Tuesday, the Speaker said that Pakistan seeks sup­port in promoting tourism in Pakistan. There are ample opportunities for in­vestment in tourism industry and food security from which Bahrain investors could be benefited. He said that indus­trial sector was also open to foreign in­vestors including Bahrain.

The Speaker said that Pakistani di­asporas in Bahrain was playing an im­portant role in the economic devel­opment of Bahrain along with that of Pakistan. The Speaker also expressed gratitude for the support of Bahrain at the platform of FATF and OIC and ex­pressed hope for continued support in the future as well. 

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Ashraf said that Pakistan looked for­ward to welcome King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, (King of Bahrain) and Prince Sal­man bin Hamad Al Khalifa (the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister) in Pakistan.

Speaker of Bahrain expressed grief over the loss during the recent floods in Pakistan. She applauded Nation­al Assembly of Pakistan for success­fully hosting the 3rd regional semi­nar on IPU. She said that Pakistan had effectively highlighted the vulnera­bilities of developing countries espe­cially the countries of the Asia-Pacific region from the ever-intensifying im­pacts of global climate change. She as­sured full support to National Assem­bly’s call for global funds to combat climate catastrophe being the Presi­dent of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU).

Meanwhile, Ambassador of Kazakh­stan to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin also called on Speaker NationalAssembly Raja Pervez Ashraf at Parliament House. Matters related to enhancing trade, re­laxing visa policy, expanding parlia­mentary cooperation and support for National Assembly (NA) call for global funds through Inter-Parliamentary Un­ion (IPU) to combat climate catastrophe were discussed in the meeting.

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The Speaker said that there is a huge economic potential that needs to be ex­plored for mutual benefit of both coun­tries. He added that business communi­ties of both countries should promote trade and investment by exploring in­vestment opportunities to further im­prove trade relations.

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