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Pakistan and Oman agrees to enhanced maritime cooperation

ISLAMABAD -UNS -Pakistan and Oman have agreed to initiate inter-ministerial level interactions to learn from each others experiences in the sector of ports and shipping as there exists a tremendous potential for enhanced cooperation.
A high level meeting was held at a local hotel in Islamabad between the Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizanjo and the President of the State Council of Oman Dr. Yahya Mehfood Salim Al-Manthri and members of the Omani delegation. Matters of bilateral significance were also discussed in the meeting. The delegation is on a four day visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani.
Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizanjo while welcoming the delegation said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its bilateral relations with Oman and desires to further strengthen these ties at different levels.
During the meeting, the focus of discussion remained on launching of a ferry service between Pakistan, Iran and Oman and both sides have agreed to work on modalities in this regard. The Federal Minister apprized the delegation that Iran has already shown interest in different vessels. He informed that Pakistan wants to have close collaboration with Oman. He said that formal invitations and informal contacts have been made with the relevant authorities and counterparts in Oman to visit Pakistan.
He underscored the need for increased connectivity between the two countries through maritime routes and said that initiation of a ferry service between Pakistan and Oman would be a step in the right direction. The Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping said both Pakistan Oman are natural allies and enjoy geographical proximity. He said that our historical and cultural bring us more close to each other and there is dire need for regular people – to- people contacts.
Leader of the Oman delegation also emphasized the need for a multifaceted cooperation besides regional connectivity through maritime links. He agreed with the views of the Federal Minister and said that enhanced connectivity and specially the initiation of ferry service between the two would augur well thus laying the foundation for improved maritime cooperation.

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