UAE welcomes PM Khan – Complete story of the visit.

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PM Imran’s Abu Dhabi visit – New chapter of bilateral ties

Prime Minister Imran Khan has arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday. He has arrived at Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.

PM Imran has been received in UAE by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces.

Prime Minister was accompanied by:

  • Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
  • Finance Minister Asad Umar
  • Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa
  • PM’s Adviser for Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood

PM Imran and all the ministers have met the Crown Minister of Abu Dhabi. It seems that the government has suddenly planned the visit. Because there was no announcement from the Foreign Office.

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The main purpose of the visit:

The Prime Minister and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi held meetings and discussed bilateral, regional and mutual interest.

The purpose of the visit is to seek billions of dollars in aid. The Finance Ministry has told that the main purpose of the visit is a bilateral investment and economic cooperation.UAE is ready to extend financial assistance to Pakistan.

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PM Imran Khan signs an MoU during his UAE vist.

According to reports, both countries will sign an agreement financial assistance package. Last month, a UAE delegation had also visited Pakistan and the government had sought from the Gulf state $6 billion.

They expressed satisfaction over the fruitful outcome of the recent visit of a high-level UAE economic delegation to Pakistan and reiterated their resolve to transform the existing special relations into a Strategic Long-Term Economic Partnership by adopting a direct, transparent and time bound approach.

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Previously the government had made a formal request for assistance. The signals from the UAE were positive.

Maybe the assistance from UAE would be comparable with the Saudi package of $6 billion. $3bn in the balance of payments support and the deferred payment facility on oil imports worth $3bn.

Activities:

The prime minister also visited Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Martyrs’ Memorial where he paid homage to Emirati heroes, who had sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation.

Pakistan and UAE moving along:

The two sides agreed to chalk out a comprehensive road-map to accelerate cooperation and partnership in areas encompassing trade, investment, economic development, energy, infrastructure, and agriculture., with a view to accrue early dividends from the economic partnership.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed decided to hold the next Pakistan-UAE Joint Ministerial Commission, to be co-chaired by the respective foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi in February 2019.

They further reaffirmed their commitment to hold the Senior Officials’ Bilateral Political Consultations between the foreign ministries and fast track finalization of pending agreements at the earliest.

On Terrorism:

They strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expressed their resolve to work closely to root out the scourge. The crown prince recognized the efforts and unparalleled sacrifices made by Pakistan to eliminate terrorism and extremism.

PM Khan’s applause for UAE:

Prime Minister Imran Khan paid rich tribute to the founder and first President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his foresight and visionary leadership.

Also for his contribution towards laying the foundation of Pakistan-UAE friendship. Sheikh Zayed, the prime minister recalled, was a sincere friend of Pakistan and had had great love in his heart for the country and its people.

The people of Pakistan reciprocated that love, and continued to hold Sheikh Zayed and the leadership of the UAE in high esteem, he added.

The prime minister further lauded the progress achieved by the UAE in fostering tolerance, inclusive economic development, innovation, and youth and women empowerment. In particular.

He appreciated the UAE’s success in promoting tourism and leveraging technology for improved governance.

He thanked the UAE and its leadership for their continued commitment to Pakistan’s socio-economic development in the shape of Pakistan Assistance Programme.

He also thanked Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his support to eradicate polio from Pakistan.

Briefing from Pakistan:

The prime minister briefed the Emirates leadership about his government’s people-centric reform agenda. Including the steps being taken to eliminate corruption and promote transparency, and accountability at all levels of government.

Expo 2020:

Pakistan reiterated its readiness to actively participate in Expo 2020 and extend full support to the Emirates in making the mega event a great success. Pakistan offered the UAE the services of its information technology professionals and skilled labor, in preparing for Expo 2020.

Conclusion:

The visit underscored the strength and substance of the Pakistan-UAE special relationship. Which is based on the spirit of mutual affection and deep trust, and rooted in age-old civilizational, religious, cultural and commercial affinities.

Thanking UAE:

Thanking the UAE leadership for warm welcome and hospitality, the prime minister reiterated his invitation to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to visit Pakistan on mutually convenient dates, who happily accepted it.

In the last two months, it is the PM’s second visit to UAE. The two leaders held meetings to discuss the bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. The signals from the Emirates were positive and the government is hopeful to get a ‘Good Package’.

PM Imran’s UAE visit – New chapter of bilateral ties

During his last visit, the two countries had agreed to strengthen they’re economic, trade and investment relations. Prime Minister Imran Khan is also expected to meet with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the Emirates.

 

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