ISLAMABAD – Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House here on Monday.

During the meeting, he conveyed the special greetings of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Bahraini Foreign Minister is visiting with a high level government delegation that also includes members of the royal family of Bahrain.

The visit by the Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid highlights the growing bilateral relations between Pakistan and Bahrain.

He informed the Prime Minister that the relations between both countries have been upgraded to Joint Ministerial Commission and the first session of the JMC is being held in Islamabad later today in which both countries will have comprehensive discussions to expand diplomatic, economic, trade, strategic and cultural ties

Nawaz Sharif welcomed the important step of establishing the Joint Ministerial Commission and said that this would send a strong message that Pakistan values its ties with Bahrain.

The Prime Minister also appreciated the performance Pakistan’s Ambassador Javed Malik, and expressed confidence that relations will continue to grow between both sides.

He underscored the importance of expanding bilateral trade between both countries.

Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Mohammed Al Khalifa, arrived in Pakistan on Sunday.

Soon after his arrival, both sides held a meeting to review the dynamism and scope of existing relations between the two countries, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said.

The meeting was also attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi as well as Secretaries of the Ministries of Defence and Overseas Pakistani besides other senior officials from both sides.