Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on his first visit since assuming office.

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Crown Prince HRH Salman Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa received the Prime Minister with a red-carpet welcome.

On the invitation of King of Bahrain His Majesty Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain to attend the *National Day of Bahrain* as *Guest of Honour*.

During the visit, he will have *one-on-one meeting with His Majesty Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa* and hold *delegation-level talks* with Crown Prince His Royal Highness Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.

The exchange of views would cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional and international issues.

Bahrain’s highest civil award will be conferred upon the Prime Minister.

Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy close cordial ties based on commonalities of faith and culture and marked by mutual trust and understanding. The bilateral relationship is broad-based and multifaceted, covering diverse fields including political, trade, commercial, defence, people-to-people contacts. Frequent high-level exchanges are a hallmark of the relationship. Pakistan and Bahrain closely coordinate in multilateral fora including the UN, OIC and GCC.

The two countries have established institutional mechanisms, including Bilateral Political Consultations and Joint Ministerial Commission, to bolster bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. The two countries also enjoy close inter-parliamentary cooperation. Over 100,000 Pakistani expatriate community, which contributes to the socio-economic development of Bahrain, acts as a strong human bridge between the two countries.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Bahrain will enable the two sides to explore ways and means to further deepen bilateral *trade and investments ties*. The visit is of special significance and will impart a strong impetus to both sides’ endeavours to forge a closer, multifaceted bilateral relationship.

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