Sartaj Aziz meets Pakistani community in Oman

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 3 (APP): Adviser to the Prime Minister on
Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz Saturday addressed an impressive gathering of 600 Pakistanis representing all sections of Pakistani community across Oman including residents from Salalah.

The Adviser expressed deep appreciation for the
contributions of Overseas Pakistanis in economic and social
development of the country and shared his vision on
strengthening the existing bonds of friendship with the
brotherly sultanate.

Sartaj Aziz, who arrived in Muscat on Saturday, is on a
two-day bilateral visit to Oman at the invitation of Yusuf Bin
Alawi, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Sultanate
of Oman, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said.

Advisor on Foreign Affairs said that during his visit he
would be discussing with Omani leadership, concrete measures to intensify cooperation in oil and gas and expanding trade and defense ties.

Pakistan’s Ambassador, Ali Javed, while welcoming Sartaj
Aziz and highlighting the significance of the latter’s visit,
expressed gratitude to the community for their active
participation and support in preparations for the event.

There are a quarter million Pakistanis residing in Oman.

During fiscal year that ended in July, Pakistanis remitted
$ 819 million to their homeland.

In the education sector, there are seven schools under
Pakistan School System, including school for children with
special needs, where 6000 children from a range of
nationalities, in addition to Pakistanis, are enrolled.

Schools from Pakistan’s private sector, including
Beaconhouse, City School and American Lycetuff have also
established several branches, catering to the educational
needs, there.

PIA, Shaheen Air and Air Blue are operating 26 flights
per week between Muscat and Pakistan while NESPAK, and Habib Bank with seven branches in three cities, are also present in Oman.

In addition, Pak-Oman Investment Company, a US $ 100
million joint venture, maintains its office in Muscat.