President confers Nishan-e-Pakistan on Qatari Emir
Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Sunday departed after the conclusion of his two-day official visit to Pakistan.
Sheikh Al Thani and his delegation were seen off by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, Zulfikar Bukhari and other high civil and military officials at the Nur Khan airbase.
Prior to his departure, Pakistan Air Force officials briefed the Emir of Qatar about the JF-17 Thunder aircraft. The Emir of Qatar took keen interest in the multi-role fighter aircraft.
In a special investiture ceremony, the President Dr Arif Alvi conferred upon Qatari Emir, the highest civil award, Nishan-e-Pakistan, for his outstanding contribution to the enhancement of Pakistan-Qatar relations.
The ceremony was followed by a banquet lunch hosted by the President of Pakistan in honour of the visiting dignitary and his entourage.
Talking to President Alvi in Islamabad on Sunday, Sheikh Al Thani evinced keen interest in enhanced collaboration in energy sector and import of food items from Pakistan.
The Amir also offered assistance in building Pakistan’s tourism potential through more Qatari investments and technical support in the hospitality industry.
Expressing satisfaction at the pace of recruitment of manpower from Pakistan, the Amir underlined Qatar’s desire to import additional workers and trained security personnel from Pakistan.
Taking note of the progress achieved in Afghan peace talks, the two leaders agreed to continue working closely for regional peace and stability.
Qatari Emir thanked leadership of Pakistan for the gracious invitation and hospitality extended to him and his entourage. He also acknowledged the sacrifices made by Pakistan in fight against terrorism.
The President complimented the Emir for his astute leadership, which enabled Qatar to make major strides in energy, tourism, aviation and construction sectors. He admired Qatar’s efforts to promote world sports.
Taking note of 70 per cent increase in Pakistan’s exports to Qatar following direct linkage between Karachi and Hamad Ports, the President underlined the importance of increased volume of bilateral trade and enhancing and diversifying Pakistan’s exports to Qatar. He also focused on potential for enhanced Qatari investments in diverse fields and the prospects of further employment of Pakistani workers in Qatar.
In the regional context, the President lauded Qatar’s role in promoting efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, which is a notable contribution to regional peace.
Upon his arrival on Saturday, the Qatari Emir was warmly received by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising key ministers and senior officials, the Qatari Emir was visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
During his stay, the Emir held talks with the prime minister and met President Dr Arif Alvi. The president also conferred Nishan-i-Pakistan upon the Qatari Emir in a special investiture ceremony.
During his visit, the two sides discussed ways and means of building a robust and mutually beneficial economic partnership.
Pakistan and Qatar also signed memorandums of agreement for enhanced bilateral cooperation in different areas.