Pakistan and Iraq have reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing bilateral relations as Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari embarked on a three-day official visit to Baghdad. The visit resulted in fruitful discussions between Bilawal and his Iraqi counterpart, Dr Fuad Hussein, leading to a mutual understanding and agreements on various diplomatic aspects. The meeting not only highlighted the deep fraternal relations between the two countries but also focused on unlocking the vast potential for dynamic bilateral cooperation.
Strengthening Diplomatic Relations between Pakistan and Iraq
During their meeting, Foreign Minister Bilawal and his Iraqi counterpart engaged in an extensive exchange of views on different facets of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Iraq. Both sides expressed their commitment to strengthening ties and reiterated their longstanding support for each other during times of need. The discussions aimed to foster closer collaboration and explore new avenues for cooperation.
Enhancing Cultural Cooperation
One of the agreements reached between Pakistan and Iraq focused on enhancing cultural cooperation. Recognizing the shared cultural heritage and historical connections between the two nations, the agreement aims to promote cultural exchanges, art, literature, and other forms of creative expression. This step is expected to deepen the people-to-people ties and further strengthen the bond between Pakistan and Iraq.
Visa Abolition on Diplomatic and Official Passports
In a significant move to facilitate travel and promote bilateral interactions, Pakistan and Iraq also agreed to abolish visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders. This decision will simplify the visa process and encourage frequent exchanges between officials, fostering closer cooperation and understanding. The visa abolition initiative reflects the commitment of both countries to facilitate ease of travel for diplomatic purposes.
Gratitude for Iraq’s Support and Cooperation
Foreign Minister Bilawal expressed his gratitude to the government of Iraq for their support in the opening of a Pakistan consulate in Najaf. This development holds immense significance as it will strengthen bilateral trade, investment, and cultural ties between the two nations. Bilawal acknowledged the support and cooperation received from Iraq, highlighting the commitment to utilize the full potential of dynamic bilateral cooperation.
Meeting with Iraqi President Dr Abdul Latif Rashid
During his visit, Foreign Minister Bilawal also had a productive meeting with Iraqi President Dr Abdul Latif Rashid. Both dignitaries expressed their appreciation for the trajectory of bilateral relations and reaffirmed their commitment to expanding mutually beneficial cooperation. The meeting emphasized the importance of continued dialogue and collaboration to foster shared prosperity and address common challenges.
A Warm Welcome in Baghdad
Upon his arrival in Baghdad, Foreign Minister Bilawal was warmly received by Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Hussein Bahral Uloom, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Iraq Ahmed Amjad Ali, and other officials from the Pakistani embassy. The cordial reception symbolized the strength and warmth of the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Iraq. The visit provided an opportunity for both countries to reaffirm their commitment to deepening ties and exploring new avenues of cooperation.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s official visit to Iraq marked a significant milestone in the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iraq. The discussions and agreements reached during the visit have laid the foundation for enhanced cooperation in various fields, including culture, diplomacy, and travel facilitation. Both countries reiterated their commitment to strengthening ties and expressed optimism about the future trajectory of the bilateral relationship. The visit not only showcased the strong bond between Pakistan and Iraq but also exemplified the shared vision for regional stability and prosperity.