–Imran to receive Bahrain’s highest civil award in special ceremony on his maiden visit to country
–After meeting, MBS accompanies Imran to Riyadh airport to see him off
ISLAMABAD: A day after his visit to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Imran Khan is all set to visit Bahrain on Monday to attend the National Day of Bahrain as a guest of honour on the invitation of King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa.
The PM will undertake a three-country tour from December 15, with Bahrain as his first stop. He will also travel to Geneva to attend a conference on refugees, while, Malaysia will be his last stop.
The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including members of the cabinet and senior government officials, on his maiden visit to Bahrain after coming to power in 2018.
During the visit, he will have a one-on-one meeting with King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa and will hold delegation-level talks with Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, said a statement issued by the PM’s Office.
The exchange of views would cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional and international issues.
“The Prime Minister’s visit to Bahrain will enable the two sides to explore ways and means to further deepen bilateral trade and investments ties. The visit is of special significance and will impart a strong impetus to both sides’ endeavours to forge a closer, multifaceted bilateral relationship,” the statement added.
“Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy close cordial ties based on commonalities of faith and culture marked by mutual trust and understanding. The bilateral relationship is broad-based and multifaceted, covering diverse fields including political, trade, commercial, defence, people-to-people contacts,” it said.
The frequent high-level exchanges are a hallmark of the relationship.
The two countries have established institutional mechanisms, including Bilateral Political Consultations and Joint Ministerial Commission, to bolster bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. The two countries also enjoy close inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Over 100,000 Pakistani expatriate community which contributes to the socio-economic development of Bahrain, acts as a strong human bridge between the two countries.
HIGHEST CIVIL AWARD:
Bahrain’s highest civil award, King Hamad Order of the Renaissance, will also be conferred upon the prime minister during a special ceremony. In August, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also conferred the same award by the king.
This was confirmed earlier in the week by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari.
“The prime minister is going on an official visit to Bahrain in mid-December where he will be conferred Bahrain’s highest civilian award,” the publication had quoted Bukhari as saying.
‘SUCCESSFUL SAUDI VISIT’:
The visit to Bahrain comes right after the premier’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where he had met Muhammad Bin Salman, the crown prince, to discuss the regional situation and bilateral matters.
As a special gesture, the crown prince came along with Prime Minister Khan after the bilateral meeting to see him off at Riyadh International Airport.
Imran emphasised the strategic importance of Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations and termed it a pivotal partnership for peace, progress and prosperity. In the context of the Middle East, the prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s perspective that disputes and differences be resolved through political and diplomatic means.
Speaking about the PM’s visit to the Kingdom, his special assistant on media, Firdous Ashiq Awan, said that the visit to Saudi Arabia will usher in a new era of bilateral relations. In a tweet on Sunday, she said the brotherly country Saudi Arabia has always supported Pakistan in the hour of need.
She said the prime minister apprised the Saudi leadership about the grave human rights abuses by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir and thanked for the Saudi support for the Kashmir cause. She said Pakistan is emerging as an attractive destination for tourism in the world.