DOHA, The Qatar-Pakistan Joint Ministerial Committee held its fourth meeting on Thursday, in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

A press statement issued by the Ministry of Energy and Industry said that the Qatari delegation was headed by the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, in the presence of a number of officials and representatives of the ministries, departments, and companies of the State.

The Pakistani side was headed by Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The two sides discussed bilateral cooperation in various fields, including energy, investment, employment, trade, banking, financial institutions, industry, education, science and technology.

During the meeting, Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada noted the close ties between Qatar and Pakistan, stressing the need to expand economic relations between the two countries.

He also said that the visit of the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to Pakistan in March of last year had pushed forward the bilateral relations .

For his part, the Pakistani Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi welcomed the Qatari delegation, and expressed thanks to the Qatari government for the success of the signing of the LNG supply agreement.

He added that his country had begun a major reform program aimed at stability and the use of local resources and reformat the field of energy, which will make Pakistan an attracting source for investments to the Qatari side.

The two sides stressed the need to raise the volume of trade exchange between the two countries according to their actual potential, and commended the strong relations which are based on fraternal, cultural and historical foundations.

The Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain met with Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, on the sidelines of the meeting, where they discussed a number of issues of mutual interest.

The two parties agreed to hold the fifth meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee in Doha during 2018.