Pak keen to expand ties with MENA region

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PM Kakar says

Prime Minister feted the Ambassadors of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen

Ansar M Bhatti

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar met the resident Ambassadors of Muslim countries from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region over lunch earlier. The meeting was attended by the Ambassadors of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The Foreign Minister, Secretary to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary also attended.

The Prime Minister underscored the significance attached by Pakistan to fraternal ties with the Muslim world, particularly with countries of the MENA region. He said these ties were anchored in mutual trust, common understanding and close cooperation on bilateral as well as regional matters of common interest.

The Prime Minister shared Pakistan’s perspective on a number of issues, particularly the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. Other challenges confronting the Muslim world such as Islamophobia were also discussed. The Prime Minister emphasized the need for the Muslim Ummah to continue to work closely and collectively, especially through the OIC, to deal with these complex issues.

The Prime Minister praised the Ambassadors for their efforts to forge stronger ties between Islamabad and their respective capitals. The Ambassadors thanked the Prime Minister and reiterated their support towards advancing bilateral relations with Pakistan, which played a key role in the Muslim world.