Abu Dhabi Group to increase investment in Pakistan — UAE culture minister

General view of the ADNOC headquarters is seen in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 23, 2018. (REUTERS/File)
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Updated 14 January 2021

Abu Dhabi Group to increase investment in Pakistan — UAE culture minister

  • Pakistani lawmaker Shehryar Khan Afridi meets Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi
  • This is the second high-level meeting between leaders of the two countries in less than two months

ISLAMABAD: United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, said on Wednesday the Abu Dhabi Group would enhance its investments in Pakistan under the leadership and vision of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He said this in a meeting with Pakistani lawmaker and chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Shehryar Khan Afridi, who is visiting Abu Dhabi, Pakistan’s press information department said in a statement.
This was the second high-level meeting between leaders of the two countries in less than two months. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited the UAE in December 2020 and urged the “speedy solution” of the problems of Pakistanis living in the Emirates.
The UAE is home to 1.2 million Pakistanis and the second largest host to overseas Pakistani workers and source of foreign remittances, after Saudi Arabia.




Pakistani lawmaker and chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Shehryar Khan Afridi met United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on January 13, 2021. (Photo courtesy: Shehryar Khan Afridi Twitter)

“UAE and Pakistan are tied in decades of brother ties and the overseas Pakistanis living in the UAE have provided further impetus to the historical and friendly ties between the two states,” Al-Nahyan was quoted as saying in the statement. “Due to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Abu Dhabi group would further their investments in Pakistan and a new project ... would be started in Pakistan soon. Services of Pakistanis based in the UAE helped the UAE develop into a modern country.”
Afridi conveyed a “special message” to the UAE minister and said ties with the country would be “cemented” further under PM Khan. 
Afridi also discussed the issues faced by Pakistanis living in the UAE and requested the minister to play a role in resolving them.
“Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak assured Mr.Afridi that the problems faced by Pakistani diaspora in the UAE would be resolved amicably,” the statement said.


Pakistan says looking forward to future ‘high-level’ engagements with UAE

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Pakistan says looking forward to future ‘high-level’ engagements with UAE

  • Foreign minister Qureshi meets UAE ambassador, appreciates support for Pakistan’s Expo 2020 pavilion covering 3,500 square meters
  • UAE ambassador reaffirms desire for ties with Pakistan based on “mutual respect, understanding and common interests”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received the ambassador of the UAE to Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday and conveyed his hope for enhanced “high-level” engagements between the two nations in the future.
The UAE is Pakistan’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and has supported Pakistan in the areas of education, health, energy and infrastructure development over several decades. It is home to more than 1.6 million Pakistanis — the second largest Pakistani expatriate community abroad.
Recalling his successful visit to the UAE in December 2020, Qureshi underscored the importance of frequent high-level visits from both sides, “which serve to continually provide impetus toward deepening and diversifying bilateral relations.”
“He looked forward to enhanced high-level engagements with the UAE, as soon as the global health situation improved,” the foreign office said in a statement, quoting the foreign minister referring to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Qureshi paid tribute to late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who he said had “contributed immensely toward strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.”
He acknowledged that the UAE and its leadership had “steadfastly” stood by Pakistan in its times of need.
“He stressed that the relationship benefitted from the warm sentiments between the leadership of the two countries, as well as the strong people-to-people linkages rooted in shared faith, values and culture,” the foreign office said.
Qureshi also appreciated the UAE’s support for Pakistan’s pavilion at the Expo 2020, a world expo to be hosted by Dubai originally scheduled for 20 October 2020-10 April 2021 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers have kept the name Expo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes.
Pakistan’s pavilion at the Expo will cover an approximate area of 3,500 square meters and exhibit Pakistani culture, investment opportunities and tourism potential in the largest exhibition ever staged in the Arab world in which 190 countries and 25 million people are expected to participate.
The UAE ambassador “hailed the strong UAE-Pakistan relations and pledged to work toward further strengthening and diversifying them in all sectors for the benefit of the two countries and their peoples. He acknowledged the positive contribution made by Pakistani Diaspora toward the progress and development of the UAE.”
The ambassador reaffirmed the UAE’s desire to develop bilateral ties with Pakistan on “the basis of mutual respect, understanding, and common interests.”