Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will pay a state visit to Pakistan on March 18 (Monday) on an invitation extended by President Asif Ali Zardari.

It should be mentioned that President Morsi will be the first democratically-elected president of Egypt to visit Pakistan.

President Morsi’s visit to Islamabad is being seen as a watershed and a landmark in the traditional and friendly relations between the two large and important Muslim countries. President Morsi’s decision to choose Pakistan as the first South Asian country for a bilateral visit manifests Egypt’s desire to add a new chapter to its bilateral ties with Pakistan.

The engagements of the Egyptian President would include one-on-one meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari, followed by delegation level talks and banquet/luncheon hosted by the President. The two leaders are expected to hold extensive discussions on all areas of bilateral relations including regional and international issues of mutual interest. They would also be signing a number of agreements.

President Morsi’s visit is expected to impart dynamism to the bilateral ties and to expand, diversify and strengthen relations between the two countries in all spheres.

On arrival at Noor Khan Airbase, President Morsi would be welcomed by a 21 Gun Salute and at the Aiwan-e-Sadr by a Guard of Honour.