Pakistan and Kuwait To Develop Links Between Gwadar & Mubarak Al Kabeer Ports

Some economists think the port could eventually become a rival to Iraq's Umm Qasr.

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Pakistan and Kuwait on Thursday agreed to a roadmap for future engagement to strengthen bilateral cooperation and resolve visa issues.

The two countries also agreed to develop linkages between the Gwadar Port and Kuwait’s Mubarak Al Kabeer Port.

Joint press conference of the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Kuwait

#WATCH: #Pakistan and #Kuwait have agreed to develop linkages between the Pakistani port of Gwadar and Kuwait’s Mubarak Al Kabeer Port. “We have set ourselves a vision for engagement for the future,” the Pakistani foreign minister said at a presser with his Kuwaiti counterpart-Read: https://arab.news/nn48j

Posted by Arab News Pakistan on Friday, March 19, 2021

Mubarak Al Kabeer Port is a proposed project on the largest island in the Kuwaiti coastal island chain, Bubiyan Island.

Some economists think the port could eventually become a rival to Iraq’s Umm Qasr.

Mubarak Al Kabeer Port, Kuwait.

“We’ve set ourselves a vision for engagement for the future,” the Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, said in a joint press conference in Islamabad with his Kuwaiti counterpart Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah.

“We’ve looked at areas where investment can be promoted. We looked at developing linkages between Gwadar and Mubarak Al Kabeer Port in Kuwait.”

Qureshi said the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries, which stood at around one billion dollars, “is not up to the potential, and there existed a huge room to increase the volume.”

He also appreciated his Kuwaiti counterpart’s role in agreeing on a mechanism to resolve long-standing visa issues.

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On Wednesday, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Kuwait would resume issuing visas for Pakistanis, which had been suspended in 2011 over security concerns.

“Pakistan and Kuwait agreed to enhance cooperation in all fields of life,” Al-Sabah said at the presser.

“There are many areas of cooperation that are untapped, so this is what we’re concentrating on in the new roadmap, which is meant to set a target and vision for the future.”

Al-Sabah mentioned he had come to Pakistan to resolve the visa issue, and “now, through this proposed mechanism, this issue will be solved once and for all.”

He said Pakistan’s skilled labor force contributed immensely to Kuwait’s development, and “we’re proud of all of them.”

Speaking about Pakistan’s help during the coronavirus pandemic, the Kuwaiti foreign minister said Islamabad had sent highly skilled and professional medical teams to Kuwait, “and we’re looking for more cooperation in the medical field.” 

Al-Sabah also said Kuwait wanted to explore future investment opportunities and enhance bilateral cooperation with Pakistan in various fields.

These include health, education, information technology, petroleum, and food security.

“We’d like for our relationship to be more institutionalized,” the foreign minister said, “and this was the core of our meetings in Pakistan.”

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