KUWAIT: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani was accorded a very warm welcome, as he arrived Kuwait on a two-day official visit to hold talks with Kuwaiti leadership to strengthen bilateral ties. Prime Minister Gilani was received by Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Pakistan’s Ambassador in Kuwait Iftikhar Aziz and senior Embassy officials were also present on the occasion.
After words Prime Minister Syed Yousag Raza Gilani called on Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah here on Monday and discussed bilateral ties and matters of mutual interest. Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah were also present in the meeting in which the two sides besides discussing bilateral relations, also exchanged views on the matters
of regional and international importance, particularly the challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah.
Prime Minister Gilani, who arrived Kuwait for the first time since assuming office in 2008, congratulated Sheikh Sabah Al-
Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Kuwait’s 50th Independence, 20th Liberation anniversary and 5th anniversary of Amir’s accession.
The Prime Minister briefed the Amir of Kuwait about the measures being taken by the democratic government in Pakistan to
tackle various challenges facing the country including the war against terrorism and economic problems. Pakistan and Kuwait enjoy extremely cordial and brotherly relations. These bilateral political, cultural, historic, and religious ties have been further strengthened by leadership level visits. The two countries have always stood by each other in difficult
times. Pakistan was among the countries that sent their troops to Kuwait following the Iraqi invasion in 1990. Nine Pakistani soldiers embraced shahadat during the mine-cleaning operation.
Kuwait, on its part, has always extended help to Pakistan. Its government and people donated generously after the 2005 earthquake and the recent devastating floods. Around 150,000 Pakistani expatriates work in diverse fields in
Kuwait, including skilled and non-skilled workers.
Earlier on his arrival Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar. Two children clad in traditional dress presented bouquet to the Prime Minister, as he alighted from the special plane. During the welcome ceremony at the airport, Prime Minister Gilani was presented a guard of honour and national anthems of the two countries were played.
The two Prime Ministers on this occasion also had an informal meeting. Later Prime Minister Gilani left for the Bayan Palace to meet the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Besides meeting the political leadership, the Prime Minister during his two-day visit will also hold important meetings with the heads of Kuwait Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA).
The Prime Minister will also address a community meeting and will speak about the challenges facing Pakistan and the measures taken by the present democratic government to resolve these.
Input from Agencies