ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reiterated Pakistan’s continued support for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process, as he appreciated Qatar’s valuable role leading to the US-Taliban peace agreement due to be signed in Doha on February 29.
Talking to Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani during a daylong visit to Doha, Imran expressed the hope that all Afghan stakeholders would seize this historic opportunity to reach an inclusive political settlement for the establishment of durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The prime minister also briefed the Qatari Emir on the continuing human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir under the RSS-inspired BJP government.
The leadership of Pakistan and Qatar also agreed to further enhance economic cooperation, especially in the energy sector.
The two countries also agreed to immediately activate the bilateral Joint Working Group on Commerce and Investment and the MoU on Cooperation in the fields of tourism and business events.
Earlier, on his arrival at the Doha airport, the prime minister was received by Qatar’s Energy Minister Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi.
This was the second visit of the prime minister to Qatar after taking office.
The Emir of Qatar visited Pakistan in June last year. The visit resulted in strengthening of bilateral economic collaboration in diverse areas.
During his last visit to Qatar, the prime minister discussed the matter of exporting workers to Qatar with the Doha leadership.
In December last year, Qatar opened a visa facilitation centre in Islamabad for swift processing of visas of members of the Pakistan workforce wishing to work in Qatar.
Qatar also promised 100,000 jobs for Pakistani workers, and the government held talks with the Qatari government to accommodate skilled Pakistani labour force returning to Pakistan from Saudi Arabia.