The Pakistan-Libya relations remains friendly and bonded throughout its history as both countries share similar religious identities, cultural links, particularly their Islamic heritage.
The bilateral relations were established in the 1950s. The foreign relations of Pakistan and Libya began to grow in the 1970s when Gaddafi paid his first state visit to Pakistan to attend the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) held in Lahore, 1974. In his honour, the Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had named the largest Cricket Stadium in Lahore, after him. President Asif Ali Zardari’s visited Libya in 2009. During his visit, President Zardari termed Libya as his “second home”. After the start of the civil war in Libya, Pakistan immediately adopted the policy of “non-belligerent” in 2011. Pakistan is one of the few countries with functional Mission throughout and running Embassy Schools at Tripoli and Benghazi. Our diaspora is also contributing meaningfully, which is much appreciated.
Our Economic relations were formalized through signing of Pak-Libya Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) Agreement in 1974. Thirteen (13) sessions were held alternately in both the countries so far.
In 1976, an economic and cultural agreement was signed, in which a combined shipping company was established.
25 Libyan businessmen (sectors: textiles, agriculture machinery, office equipment, sports goods, foods & consumer products, construction material, beauty products, shoes and leather) visited Expo-Pakistan 2013 to explore business opportunities. An MOU was also signed between Libyan Businessmen Council Misrata and Karachi Chambers of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) to enhance trade cooperation. A number of MOUs and agreements are signed since 1974 between the two brotherly countries.
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