Pakistan, GCC agree to enhance trade relations


RIYADH — Pakistan Ambassador Khan Hisham Bin Saddique called on Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at the GCC Secretariat here recently.

Welcoming the Ambassador, the GCC secretary general acknowledged the importance of Pakistan-GCC relations and expressed his desire to further enhance GCC-Pakistan trade relations.

The secretary general also expressed the readiness of the GCC to resume dialogue with Pakistan for conclusion of the Pak-GCC Free Trade Agreement.

The Pakistan envoy briefed the secretary general on the trade and economic potential of Pakistan, in particular the geographical proximity, Pakistan’s growing role and importance in regional connectivity, as well as the presence of Pakistan’s expatriate population in the GCC countries.

He also highlighted the significance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which has further added to the attractiveness of Pakistan’s trade and investment potential.

The envoy and the GCC secretary general agreed to undertake mutual efforts in the coming months to enhance Pakistan-GCC ties in all spheres.

They especially agreed to enhance trade ties commensurate with their long-established strategic ties in the region. The GCC secretary general also expressed his desire to visit Pakistan soon. — SG