As part of the good relations between the two brotherly countries, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has started an official visit to the country.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will receive the Pakistani Prime Minister to discuss bilateral relations and aspects of their development and strengthening, as well as several regional and international issues of common concern.
It is expected that the visit and the discussions that will take place there will help to sustain and strengthen the bilateral relations and develop them in many fields and sectors to serve the common interests of the two countries and their brotherly peoples.
Qatar and Pakistan enjoy close and prosperous historical relations based on mutual trust and respect.
These extensive and multifaceted relations cover various fields and there is permanent coordination between them within the framework of forums and international meetings.
Qatar and Pakistan are bound by common visions and goals regarding the principles of peace, security and stability in the world. Pakistan has supported Qatar’s mediation efforts in Afghanistan, and the two countries have a common vision of a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
Relations between the two countries have been strengthened through mutual visits at the highest level, the most important of which has taken place in recent years, the two visits of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Pakistan in March 2015 and June 2019, and three visits to Doha by former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan: two in 2019 and a third in February 2020.
Qatari-Pakistani relations are governed by a set of signed agreements and memorandums of understanding covering the political, economic, commercial, cultural, scientific, technical, educational, health, security, legal, educational and media sectors, as well as fields of youth, sports, endowments, Islamic affairs, tourism, meteorology, mutual protection of investments, avoidance of double taxation, organization of exhibitions, regulation of the use of labor in Qatar and a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of financial exchanges investigations related to money laundering and related initial crime as well as terrorist financing.
Qatari-Pakistani relations have gone through three main stages: the first began with the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1973 and lasted until 1999, during which the two countries worked to explore the possibilities and opportunities for cooperation between them in various fields.
The visit of His Highness Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to Pakistan in 1999 marked the beginning of the second phase of bilateral relations, as it laid the foundations that strengthened and developed the ties between the two countries over the years. time. During this visit, agreements covering areas of economic and political cooperation marked a new era of relations between Doha and Islamabad.
As for the third phase, it started with the visit of His Highness the Amir to Pakistan in 2015.
It was a successful and fruitful visit that allowed the strengthening and development of bilateral relations and their transfer to various new horizons, especially in the field of economy and energy.
Qatari-Pakistani relations are currently going through their best stages, since His Highness the Amir’s last visit to Islamabad in 2019, which is considered the culmination of an exceptional and distinguished stage in the course of bilateral relations. This visit gave new impetus to bilateral relations with the signing of several agreements aimed at supporting and strengthening existing cooperation in all areas, including the economic, political, social and military sectors.
Following the visit, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani issued a directive to support the Pakistani economy with $3 billion in deposits and direct investments, confirming the strength of relations bilateral relations and expressing Qatar’s confidence in the strength and strength of Pakistan’s economy.
In 2015, His Highness the Amir issued directives to increase the number of Pakistani manpower in Qatar, when it was announced that 100,000 Pakistani workers would be recruited for infrastructure projects taking place in the country as part of preparations to host the 2022 World Cup and other plans.
At a major turning point in the economic partnership between the two countries, Qatar Petroleum in February 2021 signed a 10-year long-term agreement with the Pakistan State Oil Company to supply Pakistan with up to 3 million tons per year of liquefied natural petroleum. gas.
This agreement is the second of its kind between the two parties.
In 2016, Qatargas signed a long-term agreement to supply liquefied natural gas to Pakistan State Oil Company, under which it will supply 3.75 million tonnes of LNG per year, bringing total supply to 6.75 million. tons per year.
As part of the development of economic relations between the two countries, the direct maritime line between them, which was inaugurated in 2017 to connect the port of Hamad with the port of Karachi, has contributed to the increase in the volume of trade exchanges between the two countries. two countries, which increased by 63% to about QR 9.5 billion in 2018 from QR 5.8 billion in 2017. This makes Pakistan one of Qatar’s largest trading partners, and about 1,400 joint ventures operate in the Qatari market in various fields.
Qatar also hosts seven companies with 100% Pakistani capital.
Pakistan is an attractive investment destination, particularly in banking, insurance, tourism, information and communication technology, oil and gas, power and farming.
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there are many Qatari investments in Pakistan in important sectors such as agriculture, information and communication technology and the financial sector, insurance and real estate, among others.
Pakistan exports many products to Qatar such as rice, leather, yarn and textiles, cotton, textiles and meat, and imports from Qatar oil, gas, plastics, organic chemicals and iron.
Pakistan is the largest beneficiary of Qatar’s initiative to educate 10 million out-of-school children worldwide, as Qatar has supported the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to launch a program to educate 1 million out-of-school children in Pakistan, under an agreement signed in 2018.
The Lives and Livelihoods Fund, chaired by the Qatar Fund for Development in 2019-2020, funded the project “Support to the National Polio Eradication Program for the period 2019-2022”, which aims to help the Pakistani government to improve the situation of 39.2 million children under the age of five.
The area of ​​Pakistan is 881,913 km² and its population exceeds 220 million.
Pakistan’s economy ranks 24th as the world’s largest economy by purchasing power and forty-second by GDP volume, with exports in 2020 amounting to around $23 billion. .
Pakistan is expected to become one of the top 20 economies in the world by 2030 and with the emergence of huge projects including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Gwadar Port, Pakistani trade is targeting a future volume of $350 billion.

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