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PM for sea transportation between Oman, Pakistan through Gwadar.

ISLAMABAD, March 02, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan and Oman have always stood by each other at all times which is manifestation of our close brotherly and friendly relation. Being neighbours both countries have rights over each other giving rise to the expectations of the people. The Prime Minister was talking to a three members delegation from Oman led by Mr. Mohammed Nasser Al-Khasibi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy, which is currently in Pakistan to attend the 6th Joint Ministerial Commission. The Prime Minister said that there are tremendous opportunities of enhancing trade between Pakistan and Oman to bring it at a level which commensurate with the close brotherly and neighbourly relations. He expressed confidence that the formation of Joint Business Council, agreed in recent talks, would contribute towards this objective. The Prime Minister emphasized that besides government to government and businessmen to businessmen contacts the relations between the two countries could be further consolidated through increasing people to people contacts. The Prime Minister said both countries also need to develop sea transportation between Oman and Pakistan through Gwadar. The maritime transportation, he added, would promote trade prospects, tourism and cultural links. He further said that Pakistan would increase the scholarships for Omani students under the Technical Assistance project. Pakistan, he said, could also extend training facilities to Omanis in various fields. While mentioning about Pakistans efforts on war against terror, the Prime Minister said that the areas destroyed during operations against militants require reconstruction of schools, hospitals, roads and houses. In this context, he invited Oman to select the sector in which it could cooperate. He thanked the government and people of Oman for their earlier assistance for the IDPs. The Prime Minister congratulated the Sultan and people of Oman on the 40th anniversary of blessed renaissance of Sultan Qaboos. The Prime Minister accepted the invitation to visit Oman for which dates could be finalized through mutual diplomatic consultations. He conveyed his special regards to Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said and acknowledge with thanks for the gift of six ambulances for the IDPs besides humanitarian assistance of $10 million. Mr. Mohammed Nasser, Secretary General of Ministry of Economy said that Oman greatly values the brotherly relationship with Pakistan and desire to work more closely at every level. He assured more support and assistance for the reconstruction of the militancy affected areas. The success of Pakistan-Oman Joint Investment Company, he added, has encouraged Omani business community for additional investment in Pakistan. He expressed confidence that the establishment of Joint Business Council would greatly facilitate trade and business opportunities. He agreed with the Prime Minister that more frequent visits of businessmen and people would further bring the two countries closer. He also reiterated the invitation of the Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said to the Prime Minister to visit Oman. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs and the Omani Ambassador in Pakistan, Mr. Mohammed Said Al-Lawati were also present on the occasion.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 2, 2010
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