FM Qureshi thanks UAE for expo 2020 pavilion

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – January 21, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi appreciated United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) support for Pakistan’s expo 2020 pavilion (to be held this year) covering an approximate area of 3,500 square metres, Wednesday, the pavilion will exhibit Pakistan’s culture, investment opportunities and tourism potential — at least 190 countries and 25 million people are expected to participate.

According to a press release, the FM received the ambassador of the UAE to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, in the foreign office (FO).

The UAE ambassador Al Zaabi hailed the strong Pakistan-UAE relations and pledged further strengthening and diversifying of ties in all sectors for the benefit of the two countries and their peoples.

He acknowledged the positive contribution made by Pakistani diaspora towards the progress and development of the UAE.

UAE ambassador Al Zaabi reaffirmed the UAE’s desire to develop bilateral ties with Pakistan on the basis of mutual respect, understanding, and common interests.

The UAE is Pakistan’s largest trading partner in the Middle East.

Under the patronage of the emirate of Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan — the UAE-Pakistan assistance programme — valuable support was provided to Pakistan in the areas of education, health, energy and infrastructure development.

The UAE is home to more than 1.6 million Pakistanis – the second largest Pakistani expatriates community abroad.

Recalling his successful visit to the UAE in December 2020, FM Qureshi underscored the importance of frequent high-level visits from both sides, which serve to continually provide impetus towards deepening and diversifying bilateral relations.

He paid rich tribute to late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may Allah bless his soul) who contributed immensely towards strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

FM Qureshi acknowledged UAE and its leadership who steadfastly stood by Pakistan in its times of need.

He termed Pakistan’s relationship with the UAE as a special one.

FM Qureshi stressed the relationship benefitted from the warm sentiments between the leadership of the two countries, as well as the strong people-to-people linkages rooted in shared faith, values and culture.

He added, “Pakistan always accords paramount importance to its long-standing fraternal ties with the UAE.”

FM Qureshi looked forward to enhanced high-level engagements with the UAE, as soon as the global health situation improves.