ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Qatar on Thursday agreed to further enhance economic cooperation especially in the energy sector and decided to immediately activate the bilateral Joint Working Group on Commerce and Investment.

Both the sides reached an agreement to this effect during the delegation level talks between Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Prime Minister Imran Khan during his day-long visit to Doha.

According to a statement issued by the PM media office, the delegation-level talks were followed by tete-a-tete between the two leaders.

They exchanged views on the existing excellent bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen the robust political and economic partnership existing between the two brotherly countries.

The two countries agreed to further enhance economic cooperation especially in the energy sector. It was also agreed to immediately activate the bilateral Joint Working Group on Commerce and Investment and the MoU on cooperation in the fields of tourism and business events.

The prime minister appreciated Qatar’s valuable role leading to the US-Taliban peace agreement due to be signed on 29th February 2020.

Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan’s continued support for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.

The two leaders expressed the hope that all Afghan stakeholders would seize this historic opportunity to reach an inclusive political settlement for the establishment of durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The prime minister also briefed the Amir of Qatar on the continuing grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir under the RSS-inspired BJP government.

He expressed deep concern over the ongoing anti-Muslim riots in India which have been precipitated by the Hindutva-inspired ideology of the current Indian government.

The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar and senior officials.