UAE support for Pakistani youth employment 'deeply appreciated' — PM aide

The Pakistani PM’s special assistant on youth affairs, Muhammad Usman Dar, meets with Emirati Ambassador Hamad Obaid Al-Zaabi in Islamabad on Jan. 30, 2020. (Supplied)
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Updated 30 January 2020

UAE support for Pakistani youth employment 'deeply appreciated' — PM aide

  • UAE announced $200 million support for small and medium-sized Pakistani enterprises
  • A special pavilion to promote Pakistani talent will be established at Dubai Expo 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani prime minister’s special assistant on youth affairs, Muhammad Usman Dar, expressed gratitude for the UAE’s financial support to create job opportunities during a meeting with Emirati Ambassador Hamad Obaid Al-Zaabi in Islamabad on Thursday.
The premier’s aide expressed appreciation for Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan’s announcement of $200 million support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Pakistan, a statement issued by Dar’s office said.
The crown prince visited Pakistan on Jan. 2 and announced the support package to help create jobs and enhance exports.
“Your support will surely help in enhancing economic activities at SME level that will also create jobs opportunities for our youth. Your assistance in the areas of health and education are also highly commendable,” Dar told Al-Zaabi.
According to the statement, the Emirati ambassador said the crown prince’s cooperation with Pakistan was focused on the youth, education and health sectors, and his government was planning special training for teachers at its school projects in South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Baluchistan.
“We are also working on establishing training centers in view to better equip teachers in these schools,” he said, as quoted in the statement, and told Dar that the UAE government had announced the establishment of a $20 million structure for Pakistan at Dubai Expo 2020 and a special corner for youth to showcase Pakistani talent.
He said that “1.7 million Pakistanis, including doctors, engineers and laborers working in UAE are part of our success,” the statement read.
Dubai Expo 2020 will begin on Oct. 20 and is the first mega-event of its kind to be held in the Middle East.


Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

Updated 10 August 2020

Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

  • Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy calls on General Qamar Javed Bajwa
  • The two leaders discuss matters of mutual interest, bilateral defense relations 

ISLAMABAD: Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, called on Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday and discussed the security situation in the region, the military’s media wing said. 
“Matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral defense relations between the two brotherly countries were discussed during the meeting,” the Pakistani army said in a statement.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are longtime allies. Saudi Arabia remains the main source of Pakistan’s remittances despite global business shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has also loaned Pakistan billions of dollars in recent months to help stave off a balance of payments crisis, and offered oil on deferred payments.