Prime Minister Imran Khan reached Qatar on a day-long visit on Thursday as part of a regular exchange of high-level visits between the countries.
The Prime Minister visit arrives just a couple days before the US and the Taliban are anticipated to sign a peace deal in Doha.
According to a statement by the Foreign Office, the prime minister will meet with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar during the visit.
PM Khan will also hold talks with Emir of Qatar and his Qatari counterpart to speak about issues of mutual interest.
The prime minister will discuss with Qatari investors and the business community about important matters.
The aim of the prime minister’s visit is to enhance bilateral cooperation and exchanging perspectives on regional developments.
This will be the PM’s second visit to Qatar since his office in 2018. His Highness the Amir of Qatar paid a visit to Pakistan in June 2019.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Assistant to PM on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfikar Bukhari and Special Assistant to PM on Petroleum Nadeem Babar will join the Prime Minister in the visit.
The previous year, Pakistan and Qatar signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the areas of tourism, investment, trade and financial intelligence after PM Imran’s visit to the nation.
The countries’ first MoU was for the establishment of the Pakistan-Qatar Joint Trade and Investment Working Group. The second about cooperation in the areas of tourism and business.
The third MoU relates to cooperation in the area of financial intelligence exchange, anti-money laundering and terror financing checks.
Both sides have agreed to extend cooperation in the fields of agriculture and food, enhance cooperation in the energy sector including in the fields of LNG and LPG, and oil and gas exploration and development.
They also reached an agreement to promote Qatar’s investment in the energy, tourism, and hospitality industries and to increase the number of Pakistani workers in Qatar employed.
The two countries agreed to broaden cooperation in the areas of aviation, maritime affairs, higher education, and development for defense.
Pakistan and Qatar have agreed to take steps to increase bilateral trade substantially, to broaden cooperation in the agricultural and food sectors.