ISLAMABAD: Oman has expressed her willingness to make investment in oil and gas sector and in economic zones of CPEC while Pakistan said that both the countries can take benefit from Gawadar port through mutual cooperation.

These views were expressed by Yousaf Bin Aalavi, Omani Foreign Minister while addressing a joint press conference with Advisor to PM for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz here on Monday.

Omani Foreign Minister said that both the countries enjoy good and friendly bilateral relations and these relations would further be strengthened in future.

“The CPEC project is of great significant for Pakistan and Oman desires to make investment in economic zones of these projects. Pakistan would be linked with China and Central Asian countries, Oman and other countries through CPEC projects, Gawadar and Karachi ports”, he added and maintained that bilateral trade of Pakistan and Oman would be improved.

Responding to a question regarding Indian attitude with Muslims, he said that issues exists among the countries of the regions should be resolved through dialogue.

To another question, the Omani Foreign Minister said that Oman wants to make investment in Oil and Gas sector of Pakistan as it is enriched with natural resources. There is need to utilize these resources.

Sartaj Aziz said that the bilateral relations of Pakistan and Oman have strengthened after the visit of the Omani Foreign Minister. He said that during the meeting matters pertaining to culture, trade, investment and people to people contact came under discussion. The volume of trade between Pakistan and Oman is 1 billion US $ which would be increased. To launch the ferry service between two countries is under consideration. He said that approximately 2.5 million Pakistani were serving Oman and playing their role in its development.

Responding to a question regarding firing incident on Pak-Afghan border, Sartaj Aziz said that Afghan forces did unprovoked which was also responded by Pakistan in retaliation.

He expressed the hope that local forces commander of both countries would resolve this issue.