MBS visit to promote bilateral cooperation: PM

In meeting with German chancellor, PM calls for greater cooperation for creating productive opportunities for the youth in diverse areas

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday, expressed confidence that the Saudi leader’s upcoming visit to Pakistan would promote bilateral cooperation.

“Looking forward to the upcoming visit of the Crown Prince to Pakistan, the prime minister said that he was confident that this visit would promote bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interest,” the PM Office said in a statement following the meeting. The meeting held on the sidelines of the Conference of Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh reviewed the bilateral relations with a view to further enhance the ongoing cooperation in various fields.

“Both sides expressed determination to further strengthen the multilateral partnership between the two brotherly countries,” the statement added. During the meeting, the two leaders also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reiterated that Pakistan attached great importance to its ties with Saudi Arabia, which were deeply rooted in common faith, culture, values and an eternal tradition of mutual support.

The prime minister also appreciated the hospitality and cooperation of Saudi Arabia for the two million Pakistanis working in the Kingdom, which contributed to the development and prosperity of the two brotherly countries. Referring to their recent meeting in Riyadh, the prime minister and the crown prince expressed satisfaction at the growing high-level ties. The two leaders expressed their determination to further strengthen the multilateral partnership between the two countries.

Shehbaz Sharif particularly emphasized the importance of increasing trade, investment, development and people-to-people ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the mutual interest of the people of the two brotherly countries. Appreciating Saudi Arabia’s assistance to Pakistan’s flood-affected people, the prime minister said that Pakistan was one of the countries most affected by the effects of climate change. Shehbaz was appreciative of Saudi crown prince’s Middle East Green Initiative and assured him of Pakistan’s support.

The prime minister also met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the sidelines of Climate Implementation Summit at COP-27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. The two leaders reviewed the bilateral ties and discussed potential avenues for enhancing cooperation. Regional and global issues of mutual interest were also discussed, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release. The prime minister underscored that despite its negligible contribution to global emissions, Pakistan was facing the brunt of climate-induced natural disasters.

He expressed gratitude for Germany’s support during the recent climate-induced floods in Pakistan and briefed Chancellor Scholz on the government’s rehabilitation and reconstruction plans. The prime minister lauded the resilience and work ethics of the German people and reiterated Pakistan’s strong desire to further strengthen bilateral cooperation with Germany, particularly in the fields of trade and investment, climate change, and renewable energy.

Touching upon the need to capitalize upon Pakistan’s young population, the prime minister called for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Germany for creating productive opportunities for the youth in diverse areas. Appreciating the technical training support that Germany had been providing to Pakistan over the years, the prime minister underlined the need for continued knowledge exchange. He also expressed appreciation for Germany’s continued support for Pakistan’s GSP Plus status with the EU, which was a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Chancellor Scholz evinced keen interest in Pakistan’s reconstruction and rehabilitation plans in the wake of the devastating floods, and assured the Prime Minister of Germany’s continued support. Discussing the regional situation, the prime minister highlighted Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating evacuations from Afghanistan on the request of foreign governments, including Germany.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday wrapped up his two-day visit to Egypt where he attended the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit, COP-27. During his two-day visit to Sharm El-Sheikh, the prime minister participated in several high-level events, held bilateral meetings with his counterparts and also interacted with the international media.

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