DOHA: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited FIFA World Cup ‘Stadium 974’ in Doha on Wednesday and praised Qatar’s efforts in creating cutting-edge facilities for the forthcoming one of the world’s largest sporting events.
The prime minister was given a guided tour of the stadium upon his arrival at ‘Stadium 974’ in Doha, he was told of the enormous preparations made by the Qatari government to host the FIFA World Cup 2022. He lauded the magnificence of the football stadium and surrounding amenities, which embody Qatari culture and character and were erected in a short period.
With the FIFA World Cup fewer than 100 days away, the Prime minister wished Qatar’s people and leadership a spectacular success in hosting the huge event. In addition to emphasizing Pakistan’s significant contribution to the construction of world cup-related infrastructure, the prime minister stated that Pakistanis were happy that the football, “Al-Rihla,” is the official match ball of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, was a made-in-Pakistan product.
Earlier, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, and Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani expressed satisfaction with the progress of bilateral ties on Wednesday and pledged to work together to expand cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.
During their extended meetings at the Diwan-e-Amiri, the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral, regional, and international matters.
A high-level delegation, comprising Cabinet Ministers and senior members, accompanied the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was greeted by the Amir in an official ceremony upon his arrival at the Diwan-e-Amiri and was honored with a Guard of Honour.
Following delegation-level meetings, the two leaders attended a lunch buffet hosted by the Amir in honor of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his entourage.
The two sides agreed to strengthen institutional engagement to increase bilateral trade; deepen collaboration in the agriculture and food sectors; increase cooperation in the energy sectors; encourage and facilitate Qatar’s investments in Pakistan’s renewable energy, tourism, and hospitality sectors; provide more opportunities to Pakistanis interested in working in Qatar; and expand cooperation in the defense, aviation, and maritime domains.
The Amir reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to developing a better economic engagement with Pakistan. The Prime Minister congratulated the Amir on the Qatar Investment Authority’s (QIA) willingness to spend $3 billion in Pakistan’s commercial and investment sectors.