Islamabad, 6 January 2022 (TDI): The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council arrived in Pakistan today. He, during his two-day visit, discussed with the Pakistani Foreign Minister about Pakistan and the GCC’s future relations.

Gulf Cooperation Council and Pakistan Authorities Meeting Details

Along these lines, Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed Nayef Mubarak Falah after the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC CFM. During their meeting, they agreed on the need to improve Pakistani relations with Gulf Cooperation Council members.  

Furthermore, in the words of the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Religious Harmony and the Middle East, “the visit of the GCC Secretary-General is proof of the strengthening of Pakistan’s relations with the Gulf countries.”

“He calls it foreign policy successes,” he added.

Furthermore, the Special Representative, who is also Chairman of the Ulema Council of Pakistan, stressed that Pakistan looks forward to strengthening ties with every sister Islamic country.

“The visits of the leadership of Islamic countries to Pakistan and the visits of country’s leadership to the Islamic countries are a clear example of these stable and positive relationships,” Chairman Hafiz Tahir Mahmood pointed out.

Besides that, when OIC foreign ministers attended the meetings in Islamabad, it showed the world a more cohesive Pak-Islamic countries’ understanding. 

17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC CFM

On the other hand, the GCC countries prioritize economic cooperation through their members. Therefore, during yesterday’s Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting, the Pakistani Foreign Minister focused his efforts on working towards the conclusion of the Pakistan-GCC FTA.

In addition to that, he addressed the Joint Action Plan for Strategic Dialogue. It aims to deepen cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, food security, energy, environment, among others. The two last considering 2021 Green Presidency Initiative is one of Pakistan’s highest priorities.

Finally, he also discussed regional issues. In particular, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the deteriorating human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir.