PM for increasing exchange of expertise between Oman and Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 12 (AP): Dr Yahya Mahfoodh Salim Al-Manthri, President of State Council of Oman along with delegation called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the PM House here Thursday.

Prime Minister warmly welcomed the delegation and stated that Pakistan and Oman are natural allies due to geographical proximity and the leadership, government and the people of Pakistan hold Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said and the brotherly people of Oman in high esteem.

Prime Minister said that Pakistan is grateful to Oman for its support in connection with Pakistan-GCC Free Trade Agreement. PM stated that Pakistan would welcome our Omani brothers to invest in Pakistan, particularly in energy related projects, infrastructure development and consumer-based industry as current investment policy of Pakistan has created an investment-friendly environment by all sectors for FDI, guaranteeing equal treatment of foreign and domestic investments, protecting foreign investment with high rates of dividends.

Prime Minister also appreciated the proposal to start a ferry service between Karachi, Gwadar and Muscat. This initiative will start a new chapter of friendship between both countries and the service will provide an affordable alternative source of movement for a large number of people who move on these routes on regular basis, said the PM.

While commenting on the people-to-people contacts, the Prime Minister said that Oman is hosting a sizeable Pakistani Diaspora working in various sectors and Pakistan can further provide both un-skilled and highly professional manpower in various fields including Medicine, Engineering, Information Technology, Accountancy, Education and Technical workers. PM further said that both countries can benefit immensely through mutual exchange of experts in the field of education, science and technology.

Prime Minister conveyed earnest prayers and sincere wishes from the people and government of Pakistan to Sultan Qaboos and brotherly people of Oman.

Omani delegation comprising  Sheikh Hamed Mohammed Abdallah Bahwan Al Mukhaini, Member of the Education and Research Committee, Mohamed Ahmed Ali Al Rawas, Member of the Culture Media and Tourism Committee, Dr Ahmed Sulaiman Saleh Al-Maimani, Member of the Economic Committee, Wafa Salim Ali Al Harrasi, Deputy Chairman of the Social Committee, and Dr Aisha Ahmed Yousuf Al Washahi, Member of the Social Committee. Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Senator Taj Haider and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

APP/ Hamza/mka/ VNS Islamabad