His Excellency Mr Saqar Bin Mubarak Al Mansouri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Pakistan, stated that the State of Qatar and Pakistan have good developed relations and there is a common vision to strengthen them in various fields. H.E. stressed that the upcoming visit of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar to Pakistan, will contribute to strengthening bilateral relations and will establish a future partnership based relation between the two countries. His Highness the Amir will also discuss with H.E. Mr. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, the bilateral relations between the two countries as well as a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.
H.E. pointed out that the Pak-Qatar relations have lately witnessed a significant development in many fields, especially in the field of economy and energy, as the trade exchange between the State of Qatar and Pakistan has reached about $ 2 billion, and there are about 1400 joint companies operating in different fields, while the State of Qatar has 7 companies with 100% Pakistani capital.
H.E. mentioned that Doha, this year, has hosted Pak-Qatar Trade and Investment Conference to promote the bilateral cooperation in economic fields at trade and investment level, adding that the State of Qatar encourages businessmen from both countries to contribute to the development of bilateral trade cooperation and seeks to bring Qatari and Pakistani companies closer to cooperate in the interests of both countries. In this regard, H.E. also pointed out the establishment of a direct maritime route between the State of Qatar and Pakistan, which shortens the distance between the two countries to four days, making it the fastest of its kind between the two countries, that has helped to increase the volume of trade exchange.
H.E. the Ambassador expressed the mutual desire of both countries to cooperate in the field of (power generation), stating that Qatar exports about 3.75 million tons of LNG annually to Pakistan,which has contributed significantly to the reduction of energy crisis in Pakistan. H.E. also stressed the desire of the State of Qatar to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, food industry and livestock, as well as housing, tourism and services sectors.
The Ambassador said that the State of Qatar has opened two visa centers in Islamabad and Karachi to facilitate the issuance of visas for Pakistani citizens, explaining that Doha, under the directives of His Highness the Amir of Qatar, has decided to bring 100,000 Pakistani workers to work in Qatar, and so far 45 thousand work visas have been issued.
H.E.expressed his country’s interest in diversifying the horizons of cooperation with Pakistan, indicating that the coming days will witness more collaboration between the two countries, stressing that visit of His Highness the Amir of Qatar to Pakistan will contribute to strengthening existing ties and opening new horizons for bilateral cooperation between the two countries.