Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met in Abu Dhabi late on Thursday with his United Arab Emirates (UAE) counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Currently, the foreign minister is on a two-day visit to the UAE. The tour takes place weeks after Pakistan was included by the UAE among the 12 countries for which it had revoked visit visas for their citizens.
Radio Pakistan stated that Qureshi told his counterpart about the difficulties facing the Pakistani community in the UAE and stressed the need for their early resolution.
Pakistan and the UAE have agreed to establish an institutional framework to improve bilateral ties, according to Radio Pakistan.
The two ministers shared views on bilateral ties and the development of collaboration in different areas and regional issues during the meeting, the study said.
Qureshi said there are strong historic and fraternal relations between Pakistan and the UAE, adding that the country has always helped Pakistan in its time of need.
He claimed that for the last few decades, about 1.6 million Pakistanis living in the UAE have contributed to the growth of the region. He said that the Pakistani community in the UAE plays a key role in fostering public-level ties between the two countries, the study added.
The positive steps made with respect to the establishment of stability in Afghanistan was also addressed. Qureshi said Pakistan is committed to continue its sincere efforts, including the Afghan peace process, for peace and stability in the region.
His counterpart was also told by the foreign minister about the worsening security situation in occupied Kashmir.
Qureshi also expressed his deep gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his delegation during the tour, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO).
On mutually suitable dates in the immediate future, which he graciously accepted, he extended an invitation to Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to visit Pakistan, the statement continued.
In a tweet, Qureshi said it was always a pleasure” to visit his counterpart from the UAE, adding during the meeting that “avenues for deepening Pakistan and UAE relations” were addressed.
“The welfare of our 1.6 million strong diaspora in the UAE was discussed, a cornerstone of our bilateral relationship being strengthened by our people with people,” he said.
He said that the two have spoke about the “situation in South Asia, conditions in occupied Kashmir and peace in Afghanistan.” “Pakistan appreciates the cooperation of the UAE during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added. “Pakistan appreciates the cooperation of the UAE during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Shortly after his arrival in Dubai on Thursday, with the ruler of Dubai, Qureshi addressed issues related to the wellbeing of the Pakistani diaspora in the United Arab Emirates.
The Foreign Minister encouraged Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to allow the business community of the UAE to take advantage of Pakistan’s investment opportunities.
According to the FO, Qureshi had reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to further strengthening and augmenting existing strong bilateral relations with the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid had warmly reciprocated the sentiments.