Imran lauds $3bn UAE generous Balance of Payments & interest to invest

UAE Crown Prince leaves home after showing interest in investing
in Pakistan’s oil and gas, logistics, ports and construction sectors;
The Crown Prince was received by PM Imran at the Nur Khan Air
Base; Accorded a ceremonial reception at Prime Minister’s House

Both leaders in wide ranging talks & focus on areas of bilateral ties;
They also discuss various issues of regional and global importance;
Crown Prince briefed on IoK situation and the plight of Kashmiris;
PM lauds UAE role in hosting reconciliation dialogue in Abu Dhabi

ISLAMABAD: While applauding UAE generous Balance of Payment support of US$3 billion on Sunday Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the UAE’s interest in investing in Pakistan’s oil and gas, logistics, ports and construction sectors.

Stated in a press release, in response to invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, paid a state visit to Pakistan on Sunday. His Highness was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising cabinet members and senior officials. After a short visit to Pakistan, the Crown Prince left for UAE.

Pakistan and United Arab Emirates have expressed the resolve to further strengthen their historic and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship.

The resolve was expressed during a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Islamabad on Sunday.

Both sides also discussed various regional and global issues and expressed a complete identity of views on these issues, which serves as the basis of long-lasting and trusted friendship. Both the leaders agreed to take all necessary measures to deal with matters relating to trade enhancement and decided to form a Task Force to achieve the objective.

They also resolved to take all necessary measures to deal with matters related to trade enhancement, and decided to form a task force to achieve the objective, the PM Office media wing said in a statement issued on the conclusion of the UAE Crown Prince’s official visit to Pakistan.

The two leaders noted that the forthcoming Pakistan-UAE Joint Ministerial Commission, which would be co-chaired by the respective foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi in February 2019, could play a pivotal role in chalking out a comprehensive road map, and in fast tracking the approval of pending agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs).

Prime Minister Imran Khan & His Highness Sheikh Muhamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi having a one on one meeting on mutual collaboration between both countries.

To counter white collar crimes, including money laundering, the two leaders instructed the authorities concerned to expedite the finalization of the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement.

They also expressed satisfaction at the ongoing defence and security cooperation, and resolved to explore further collaboration in the areas of training, joint exercises and defence production.

On the invitation of Prime Minister, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid a state visit to Pakistan on Sunday.

He was accompanied by a high level delegation comprising cabinet members and senior officials.

The Crown Prince visited Pakistan after 12 years.

“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 is rooted in age old civilizational, religious, cultural and commercial affinities,” the statement said.

Earlier, at the Nur Khan Airbase, the Crown Prince was received by the Prime Minister and accorded a ceremonial reception at the Prime Minister’s House, which was followed by a tete-a-tete and delegation level talks.

In a special gesture of warmth and cordiality, Prime Minister Imran Khan accompanied the special guest to the Prime Minister’s House.

The two leaders expressed their resolve that while building on the strong and proud legacy, they would continue to strive for progress, prosperity and stability of both the UAE and Pakistan.

Both the leaders held wide ranging talks focusing on all areas of bilateral relations.

Taking note of the positive trajectory of relations, the two leaders expressed their determination to further strengthen the historic and mutually beneficial relationship.

They also discussed various issues of regional and global importance, and noted that a complete identity of views on the issues serves as the basis of long-lasting and trusted friendship.

The Prime Minister briefed the Crown Prince on the situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the plight of Kashmiris.

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.

Prime Minister Imran Khan briefed the UAE leadership about his government’s people centric reform agenda, and the steps taken to promote transparency and accountability at all levels of government.

The Prime Minister briefed the Crown Prince about the efforts Pakistan was making to support and facilitate the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process.

He also appreciated the role the UAE was playing by hosting reconciliation talks in Abu Dhabi.

The two leaders agreed to work closely for the lasting peace and stability of Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister congratulated the leadership of UAE for declaring 2019 as the year of tolerance and noted that it was the best way to pay tribute to the vision and legacy of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The two leaders reiterated their strong belief that only by espousing the principles of tolerance, inclusivity, non-interference and focusing on a people centric development agenda, the region could attain sustainable peace and stability.

Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked the UAE leadership and its people for their continued commitment to Pakistan’s socioeconomic development in the shape of Pakistan Assistance Programme.

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

The Crown Prince expressed his sincere appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his delegation.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Muhamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Sunday departed here after completing his one-day visit.

Minister for Power Omer Ayub Khan and senior government officers saw off the Crown Prince and his delegation at the Airbase.

Before departure, the crown prince was presented a photo album carrying photos depicting his engagements during the visit.

During his visit, the crown prince met Prime Minister Imran Khan and held delegation level talks wherein the two sides discussed the strengthening of bilateral ties and cooperation.

Prime Minister Imran Khan led the Pakistani delegation while the UAE side was led by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The Pakistan delegation included Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umer, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi and Foreign Secretary Tehmeena Janjua.

The two sides discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual, regional and international interests.

Before the delegation level talks, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan also held one on one meeting. – TLTP, NNI

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