Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has departed for Kuwait for a two-day official visit.

He is accompanying by Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will meet the Kuwaiti leadership for in-depth review of various aspects of the traditionally close and brotherly relations between the two countries. He will also address gatherings of select Kuwaiti investors, as well as members of Pakistani community residing in Kuwait.

Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, will receive the Prime Minister in Bayan Palace for a detailed meeting on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister will hold delegation level talks with the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Important regional and international issues of mutual interest are expected to come under discussion during the visit.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also meet the Speaker of the Kuwaiti Parliament, Marzouk Al Ghanim. Pakistan-Kuwait parliamentary relations have seen enhanced cooperation in recent years.

In each of these meetings, the Prime Minister will exchange views with the Kuwaiti side to further expand the existing level of cooperation between Pakistan and Kuwait in diverse sectors. These include promotion of bilateral trade and investment and upgrading the well-placed institutionalized cooperation in the fields of petroleum and natural resources, financial sector, defence, export of manpower, health services, industrial sector, and media and information technology etc. Both sides will also review the progress made so far under various existing Agreements and MoUs in various fields.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also address a group of leading Kuwaiti investors and businessmen. This visit will provide a useful opportunity to highlight the lucrative business environment available in Pakistan to foreign investors, in diverse fields. The Prime Minister will underline the unique role Pakistan can play as a bridge to promote connectivity and economic progress among its neighboring regions, including the GCC countries.

The visit will also prove useful in highlighting the role and exemplary services of over 114,000 Pakistani community members who have contributed to various sectors in Kuwait. The Prime Minister will address a select gathering of Pakistani community members residing in Kuwait.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Kuwait is part of the regular high level exchanges between the two sides.

Pakistan and Kuwait enjoy cordial and brotherly relations. Both sides also have shared perceptions on most international and regional issues.

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