ISLAMABAD - The top leadership of Pakistan and Kuwait on Monday resolved to take bilateral relations between the two countries to new heights and signed important agreements, including extradition treaty and cooperation in various fields such as manpower, defence and investment.

This pledge was made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Saba at series of talks they held here on the eve of 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Saba is in Islamabad during his two-day visit to Pakistan.

In their delegation-level talks held at the PM House, the two prime ministers expressed their satisfaction at the existing cordial and fraternal bilateral relations and reiterated their desire to further expand and strengthen the existing cordial relations in all spheres for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

PM Nawaz Sharif briefed his Kuwaiti counterpart about his government’s plans to enhance growth, create jobs and reduce poverty to create a brighter future for the people of Pakistan. He encouraged the Kuwaiti businessmen to benefit from the conducive environment and opportunities in Pakistan. It was highlighted that there is great potential for increased cooperation in a broad spectrum of areas, including trade, investment, energy and agriculture fields.

The two prime ministers expressed their desire to further expand the bilateral relations and take them to new heights for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Kuwait’s positive contribution to support Pakistan’s endeavour for economic development was appreciated. The two prime ministers expressed their desire to further intensify economic interaction in the years ahead. Kuwait is desirous of investing in Pakistan in energy sector, which will supplement the government’s efforts to meet the energy shortage in the country.

The presence of nearly 120,000 Pakistani in Kuwait is a proof of close and fraternal relations. The two leaders agreed to facilitate visas for Pakistanis with view to enhance people to people contact.

The two leaders had similarity of views on regional and international matters of mutual interest. They said that in the face of many challenges that confront the region, it is a matter of great satisfaction that Pakistan and Kuwait stand together and share their views on peace and progress of the region. The strong cooperative ties between the two brotherly countries are mutually beneficial and serve the interest of prosperity in the region, the added.

The prime ministers expressed confidence that the fraternal bonds between Pakistan and Kuwait would continue to grow and gain more strength. It would indeed remain their joint effort to carry forward these bonds of friendship and trust to the future generations, the said.

Later, the representatives of the two countries signed four documents for cooperation in various fields including investment, extradition, labour and visa waiver at diplomatic and official levels at a special ceremony that was witnessed by the two prime ministers.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah signed two treaties on extradition and visa waiver for the holders of diplomatic, special and official passports.

Labour Munir Qureshi and Kuwait’s Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs Khalid Suleman signed an Amended Protocol on Labour.

Chairman Board of Investment Muhammad Zubair and Managing Director Kuwait Investment Authority Bader al Saad signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Investment.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also hosted a luncheon in honour of the Kuwaiti Prime Minister and members of his delegation.

In the delegation-level talks, PM Nawaz was assisted by Finance Minister Ishaaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Science and Technology Minister Zahid Hamid, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fattimi, State Minister for Petroleum Jam Kamal and State Minister for Privatisation Khurram Dastagir.

Meanwhile, the visiting deputy prime minister, who is also Foreign Minister of State of Kuwait, told a joint press conference that his country would hire services of 150 medical doctors and 2000 soldiers of Pakistan Army.

PM Nawaz Ministers’ Special Assistant Tariq Fattimi also attended the news conference.

Answering a question on deepening defence cooperation between the two countries, Fattimi said that Kuwait could benefit from Pakistan’s defence industry particularly the small-scale weapons.

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister when asked about his country’s role in signing crucial Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and GCC members said that Kuwait would play its meaningful role in this connection once it assumes the chairmanship of GCC next month.

To a question on situation in Syria, he said his country wanted peaceful resolution of the issue in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Syria.

NNI adds: Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and assured his support to the government over the future course of action with Taliban.

During the meeting, both leaders discussed the current situation following the death of TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike along with the possibilities of peace talks with the Taliban. The situation emerging in the aftermath of the killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a recent US drone attack was also discussed.

Shah said he would support whatever decision the government takes to deal with Taliban. Earlier, Shah Tuesday urged the people to unite and assured fullest cooperation to the government in resolving the issues confronting the country. He said it was the opinion of the PPP that the policies of dictators have created problems.

Referring to the All Parties Conference (APC), he said the opposition had given a mandate to the government for holding a dialogue with the Taliban. The opposition wants to strengthen the country’s democratic institutions and does not want to give a tough time to the government, he said.