'Brotherly ties': PM Imran extends greetings on UAE National Day

11:46 PM | 1 Dec, 2018
'Brotherly ties': PM Imran extends greetings on UAE National Day
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ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday extended his greetings to the leadership of the United Arab Emirates as the country would celebrate its 47th National Day on Sunday (December 2).

In the letters to the UAE leadership by him, the prime minister said within a short span of 47 years, the Emirates had become a model of development, prosperity and good governance which manifested the farsightedness and vision of the country’s leadership.

He said Pakistan and the UAE enjoyed brotherly ties with immense bilateral cooperation. It was satisfactory that under the two leadership the bilateral relations had strengthened in all spheres turning them into a strategic economic partnership.

The prime minister also conveyed good wishes from the government and people of Pakistan for the progress and prosperity of the Emirates and its people.

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The Pakistani premier held a meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, to discuss matters of bilateral, regional and mutual interest.

Warm welcome

Upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, PM Khan was accorded an official reception where the Pakistani national anthem was played, and a 21-gun salute was fired in his honour. Khan and his accompanying delegation were also greeted by a number of Sheikhs and senior officials who welcomed his visit to the country.

Amongst those welcoming the Pakistani official were Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council; Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court; Issa Saif bin Ablan Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces; and Hamad Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan.

The Pakistani delegation included Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi; Minister of Finance Asad Umar; Minister of Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan Minister of Energy and Power Omar Ayub Khan; Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa; and the country's Ambassador to the UAE, Moazzam Ahmad Khan.