Pakistan, UAE agree to strengthen strategic ties, co-op in diverse areas

ABU DHABI: Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to intensify consultation and coordination geared to strengthening strategic partnership with a view to to developing tangible and meaningful bilateral cooperation in key areas.
The bilateral ties were discussed during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s interaction with the UAE leadership as the former paid an official visit to the Emirates at the invitation of President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on January 12-13. This was the prime minister’s third visit after assuming office, according to a joint statement issued on Friday.
During the interaction, the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation, particularly in the field of information and com-munication technologies and work together for bridging the digital divide, .
The prime minister held a bilateral meeting with the UAE president wherein the prime minister was presented with a guard of honor at the Presidential Palace.
In the “most warm and cordial” meeting, the two leaders held detailed discussions on concrete measures to strength-en the bilateral relationship while also exchanging views on regional political and security matters.
They also discussed specific initiative to enhance cooperation in political, defense, economic, commercial and cultural areas, developing joint ventures, and strengthening collaboration in the human resource sector.
The prime minister thanked Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for UAE’s generous assistance during the recent floods in Pakistan, particularly through an air bridge established for this purpose.
Pakistan and the UAE reaffirmed their historical and brotherly ties, rooted in shared religion, culture, values, and pur-suit of regional and global peace and security. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the convergence of views on a host of regional and global issues.
Based on their decades-old fraternal ties, both countries expressed solidarity with each other in efforts to preserve their sovereignty and territorial integrity.
With a view to developing tangible and meaningful bilateral cooperation in key areas, the two countries agreed to in-tensify consultations and coordination in order to strengthen their strategic partnership.
The two sides signed Memoranda of Understanding in the field of combating human trafficking, information ex-change, and between the diplomatic academies of both countries.
Prime Minister Sharif invited Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to visit Pakistan at a later date, and the invitation was accepted by the UAE leadership.
Besides, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday said his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would help turn the bilateral relations between the two countries into a strategic partnership.
Talking to a delegation of the Pakistan Business Council in UAE, the prime minister termed as successful his meetings with the UAE leadership.
Shehbaz Sharif expressed satisfaction that the Pakistani businessmen in UAE, through their hard work and dedication, were bringing a positive name to their homeland.
He encouraged the delegation to carry out an investment in Pakistan in areas including energy, real estate, infor-mation technology, alternative energy, food processing, tourism, etc. He also invited them to visit Pakistan with pro-posals for investment and business.
The members of the delegation expressed their confidence in the economic policies of the government and showed interest in doing business in Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Commerce Minister Syed Naveed Qamar, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, and government officials.