ISLAMABAD: Pakistani information minister Shibli Faraz has said Islamabad wanted to “strengthen bilateral engagements in all fields” with the United Arab Emirates, state-run Radio Pakistan reported on Thursday.
“There is a need to further enhance economic and trade relations between the two countries,” Radio Pakistan quoted the Pakistani minister as saying.
In a Wednesday meeting with UAE ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Al-Zaabi in Islamabad, Faraz said Pakistan and UAE had close and fraternal relations based on shared faith, culture and heritage and should explore investment opportunities in various sectors.
In a Twitter post, Al-Zaabi said the two leaders discussed “matters of common interest and ways to enhance cooperation and joint work between the two countries.”
H.E. Hamad Obaid Alzaabi, the #UAE Ambassador in the Islamic Republic of #Pakistan, meets H.E. @shiblifaraz, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, and discusses matters of common interest and ways to enhance cooperation and joint work between the two countries pic.twitter.com/YYNFucCF4J
— UAE Embassy PK (@uaeembassyisb) September 16, 2020
The UAE ambassador also visited Pakistan’s biggest state-run varsity, Quaid-e-Azam University, in Islamabad on Wednesday and discussed enhancing academic and research cooperation and “coordination in the field of student exchange and joint programs” with vice chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali.
Al-Zaabi gifted “a collection of books containing more than 2000 subjects to Quaid-e-Azam University to enrich the library with qualitative and rich addition according to needs of students and researchers,” the UAE Embassy in Pakistan said in a tweet.
UAE is the second largest host to overseas Pakistanis in the world, after Saudi Arabia.