PM greets UAE new VP, Dubai’s Crown Prince

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday extended felicitations to Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on his appointment as the vice president of the United Arab Emirates.
“May this new chapter be filled with success and prosperity for the UAE and its people,” he said in a tweet.
The prime minister also congratulations Sheikh Khaled Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on his appointment as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
“As a brotherly country, we look forward to continuing our strong partnership and working together towards a brighter future for our people and the region,” he wrote on Twitter.
Developments in the Gulf state are closely watched in the world’s major capitals, as the UAE’s power and influence has increased dramatically in the past several years — politically, militarily and economically.
The UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms and home to roughly 10 million people, some 90% of whom are expats, oversees some of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. Its military is one of the most powerful and advanced in the region, and it is a leading OPEC member and longtime ally of the U.S. while also rapidly expanding its diplomatic and trade ties with Russia and China. Sheikh Mohammed became UAE president and Abu Dhabi ruler in May 2022 following the death of his brother Sheikh Khalifa, having served as crown prince and de-facto ruler of the powerful Gulf state for many years prior. –Agencies