Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday left for Doha on a two-day official visit to Qatar on the invitation of Amir of state Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

This is the prime minister’s first visit to Qatar after assuming the office. He is accompanied by a high level delegation that includes key members of his cabinet.

During the visit, Prime Minister Shehbaz will hold in-depth consultations with the Qatari leadership. The two sides will review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations with a particular focus on advancing energy related cooperation, deepening trade and investment ties and exploring greater employment opportunities for Pakistanis in Qatar.

They will also exchange views on a range of regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The prime minister will also engage with leading Qatari and Pakistani business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.

He will visit Stadium 974 in Doha, where he would be briefed on the extensive preparations undertaken by Qatari government to host FIFA World Cup.

Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz said Pakistan wants to transform its historical bilateral relationship with Qatar into a more robust strategic ties.

In his tweets on Tuesday ahead of embarking upon the visit, he said the visit will renew the bond of brotherhood and friendship between the two countries.

The prime minister said that during his interactions with market and business leaders, he will highlight the exciting investment opportunities in Pakistan’s various sectors such as renewable energy, food security, industrial and infrastructure development, tourism and hospitality.

Shehbaz said it is important to understand context of this visit. He pointed out the world is experiencing slow economic recovery from Covid-19. Geo-political tensions have affected supply chains and rising energy and food prices have added more woes. He said our shared challenges call for exploring new avenues for cooperation.

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