Kuwait City, 5 July 2022 (TDI): Pakistan Ambassador to Kuwait, Malik Muhammad Farooq held an interactive session with the Pakistani Community living in Kuwait.
Malik Muhammad Farooq 🇵🇰 Ambassador-designate to 🇰🇼 held an interactive session with Pakistani Community members; urged for collective efforts to STRENGTHEN of bilateral relations @PkPublicDiplo @mophrd @ForeignOfficePk pic.twitter.com/Wrn5aZmPtU
— Pakistan Embassy Kuwait (@PakinKuwait) July 3, 2022
The ambassador received a warm welcome from the Pakistani community.
In the session, The ambassador urged collective efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with each other.
It was interactive among the participants where there they discussed new ways to strengthen bilateral relations.
Moreover, the ambassador ensured the full support of Pakistan to Kuwait and the Pakistani community.
The session was attended by leaders of the Pakistani Community in Kuwait, Kuwait Diplomats, colleagues, and other community members.
Pakistanis in Kuwait
According to a recent report, there are more than 100,000 Pakistanis living in Kuwait now. Most of these people belong to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
This makes Pakistanis the 9th largest group of foreigners living in Kuwait.
Similarly, there are many Pakistani schools in Kuwait.
Since 1960, Kuwait has invested vastly and collaborated with many companies in different industries of Pakistan.
Similarly, in 2019 the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) announced that they designed a three billion Kuwaiti dinars investment program for Pakistan.
In 1991, Pakistani forces took an active part in the liberation of Kuwait along with coalition forces.
Similarly, After the end of the first Gulf, Pakistani army engineers played a vital role in clearing mines in Kuwait.
Moreover, Kuwait and Pakistan have decided to expand their trade to $1 billion annually in the next two to three years.
Previously, Pakistan and Kuwait had agreed on a roadmap of engagements to upgrade bilateral relations in multiple sectors.
Similarly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan sent medical staff to Kuwait consisting of hundreds of doctors, nurses, and other medical technicians to tackle the situation.
Furthermore, The Government of Kuwait has recently agreed to ease visa restrictions for Pakistanis, which had been in place since 2011
After the earthquake of 2005, Kuwait was the first country to send aid to Kashmir and also offered the largest amount ($100m) of aid in the aftermath of the quake.
Kuwaiti exports to Pakistan are around $750 million while Pakistani exports to Kuwait are $50 million
Moreover, in the 2010 Pakistan floods, the Kuwaiti government lifted a long-standing ban on collecting donations in public.
Both, Kuwait, and Pakistan are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).