Pakistan’s prime minister has held talks with Qatar’s emir, signing agreements on trade, investment and tourism, according to statements from both governments.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in the Qatari capital Doha for a one-day visit on Thursday, accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his advisors on petroleum and overseas citizens, a Pakistani foreign office statement said.
He met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani following delegation-level talks between the two countries.
“[The two leaders] exchanged views on the existing excellent bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern,” said a Pakistani foreign ministry statement following the talks.
The talks focused on economic issues, investment and energy, a Qatari foreign ministry statement said.
Prime Minister Khan also lauded the Qatari government’s role in helping mediate between the United States and the Afghan Taliban. A historic peace agreement between the two parties is due to be signed in Doha on Saturday.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan’s continued support for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process,” said the Pakistani statement.
“The two leaders expressed the hope that all Afghan stakeholders would seize this historic opportunity to reach an inclusive political settlement for the establishment of durable peace and stability.”
Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi will attend the signing of the peace agreement, the foreign office said in a separate statement.
In addition, Khan briefed the Qatari leader on the situation in the disputed territory of Kashmir, where India revoked the special constitutional status of the portion it administers last August and has imposed strict security controls since then.
Pakistan and India claim Kashmir in full but administer separate portions of the mountainous territory, over which the two countries have fought two of their three wars.