Pakistan-GCC strategic dialogue to cement defence and security ties: Bahrain FM

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Pakistan-GCC strategic dialogue to cement defence and security ties: Bahrain FM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) are close to initiating a bilateral strategic dialogue.

This was stated by Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa while addressing a press conference along with his host, Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, after the first edition of the Pak-Bahrain Joint Minis¬terial Commission (JMC).

Bahrain currently holds the presidency of the GCC, the union of six oil-rich Gulf states.

“We are trying to put in the right frameworks and mechanisms for Pak-GCC ties. I will work with my GCC brothers to start the strategic dialogue between the GCC and Pakistan. GCC countries are keen for this to happen,” he said.

The strategic dialogue, he said, would cover defence, security and economic cooperation in addition to political consultations.