Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Bahrain and the visit of his Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa in March 2014 was a landmark visit which opened new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

He was talking to commander of the National Guard of Bahrain Lt. General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa and brother of his Majesty the King of Bahrain who called on him in Islamabad.

Welcoming the delegation on visit to Pakistan, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan considers Kingdom of Bahrain a close friend and trusted partner.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said bilateral relations between the two countries are founded on shared history, cultural linkages and strong people-to-people contacts.

The commander National Guard of Bahrain thanked the Prime Minister for the warm welcome and conveyed good wishes from King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.

He said that Bahrain and Pakistan are brotherly countries and the bilateral relations between the two countries would further enhance by pursuing close economic and trade relations.

Lt. Gen. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa said that the proposed up-gradation of joint economic council to joint ministerial commission is a positive development to boost bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries.

He said that the upcoming visit of Pakistani Naval Chief to Bahrain in the third week of January will be important for enhancing bilateral naval cooperation.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistani Diaspora in Bahrain acts as a human bridge between the two brotherly countries and have been playing an important role in the development and prosperity of both Pakistan and Bahrain.