Zulfi Bukhari, Iraq’s president discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation

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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari on Thursday called on Iraq’s President Dr Barham Salih and discussed ways and means to further strengthen bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two people.

This was the first high-level visit from Pakistan to Iraq since the coming into power of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government as well as the formation of new government in Iraq, a press release of Embassy of Pakistan in Iraq stated.

During the visit, the special assistant to the prime minister also held a detailed meeting with his counterpart Dr Basam Al-Zaman Majeed Al-Rubaei, who is the labour minister of Iraq, and the two sides discussed bilateral ties between the two countries.

The special assistant also expressed keen interest of the Pakistani companies to invest in the reconstruction activities of Iraq and implementation of measures for ease of doing business especially relaxing visa regime for Pakistani businessmen.

The special assistant further stressed the need for early finalisation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) to meet Iraq’s manpower demand and capacity-building needs. On his part, Iraq’s labour minister expressed his willingness to mutually work towards this end. The special assistant also called on Ammar Al-Hakim, the leader of Al-Hikma Party.