On Thursday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi landed in Dubai for a two-day visit during which he would hold discussions on all fields of common concern with the UAE leadership.
According to Radio Pakistan, Qureshi was received at the Dubai International Airport by the Consul-General of Pakistan in Dubai, Amjad Ali, and other officials from the Pakistani Embassy and the UAE Foreign Ministry.
The Foreign Office wrote that the Minister would exchange views with the UAE leadership during his visit on bilateral cooperation, in particular on trade, investment and the welfare of the Pakistani diaspora.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs will also consult with Pakistani community representatives and engage with local and international media. The second-largest Pakistani population abroad is based in the UAE.
The visit of the foreign minister comes weeks after the UAE briefly halted, until further notice, the issuance of visas to a dozen countries including Pakistan. Officially, Pakistan claims that the decision was made by the UAE authorities because of Covid-19’s second wave.
Sources said that Foreign Minister Qureshi is likely to take up the issue of the suspension of visas with the authorities of the UAE during his visit.
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Qureshi had previously visited the country in January to attend the 9th Sir Bani Yas Conference, which tackled Middle East issues.