Iraq and Pakistan are moving towards a closer relationship as they take important steps to strengthen their ties. A recent meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani and Pakistani Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, along with Iraqi Interior Minister Abdul Amir Al-Shammari in Baghdad, marked a significant milestone in their bilateral cooperation.
During the meeting, both sides discussed key areas of cooperation, with a particular focus on counter-terrorism efforts. Recognizing the importance of investment and trade between the two nations, they also made a decision to offer an electronic visa facility to Pakistani investors. This move is expected to facilitate business opportunities and boost economic ties.
Furthermore, in an effort to foster cultural and religious exchange, it has taken a welcoming step by abolishing visa fees for Pakistani pilgrims and visitors. This decision is expected to encourage more Pakistanis to visit for religious purposes and strengthen people-to-people contacts.
Addressing the concerns of Pakistani citizens, the Iraqi Prime Minister issued instructions for the swift release of Pakistanis who were detained in jails for minor offenses and overstaying their visas. This gesture showcases the commitment of Iraq to the welfare and well-being of Pakistani nationals within its borders.
These recent developments reflect the shared vision of both nations to enhance understanding and collaboration between their governments and people. By working together on matters of mutual interest, both are building a foundation for a prosperous and harmonious relationship.’
The move to establish an electronic visa system for Pakistani investors and waive visa fees for pilgrims and visitors demonstrates the commitment of both countries to promote tourism, trade, and cultural exchanges. This progressive approach is expected to boost tourism in Iraq and open up new avenues for economic growth and prosperity.
The recent meeting in Baghdad and the subsequent decisions taken are positive signs of enhanced cooperation between the two nations. These measures are a testament to the commitment of Iraq and Pakistan to work together for the betterment of their people and to create a more secure and prosperous future for both nations.