Arab lawmakers arrive to cement parliamentary ties


Several agreements expected to be signed
The Arab Parliament delegates arrived on Sunday to develop and strengthen parliamentary relations with Pakistan.
The high-profile delegation led by Arab Parliament speaker Adel Abdulrahman Al-Asoumi is in Islamabad on a five-day visit on the invitation of Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani. They were received on arrival by Senator Sana Jamali.
“The common goal is to pave the way for the development of bilateral cooperation and mutual relations,” Jamali told the media. She said that the Arab Parliament is a very important forum and the first parliamentary-level agreements will be signed on Monday.
“Their first engagement is at the Senate where the chairman Senate will welcome them. After meeting with the chairman Senate, MoUs and agreements would be signed there,” Jamali said, adding that after the Senate visit, the delegation will meet President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Khan.
“The agreements would focus on strengthening bonding between Pakistani and Arab parliament. The main areas are bilateral parliamentarian exchanges, economic and cultural cooperation between member countries.”
In a statement on Saturday, the Arab Parliament said the “first of its kind” visit aims to “strengthen Arab parliamentary relations with the Pakistani side, especially in light of positive developments and remarkable growth in relations between the two sides in the political, economic, security and military fields.”