Islamabad: The UAE Minister for Tolerance, Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, held meetings with Pakistan’s President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan during his official visit to Islamabad on Friday.
Sheikh Nahayan, during his meeting with Dr Alvi, discussed the bilateral relations and further expansion of ties between the two brotherly countries in all fields including trade, investment, energy, culture and tourism.
Pakistan’s president appreciated UAE’s efforts for promoting regional peace and stability. Dr Alvi said that 1.6 million strong Pakistani community is a bridge between the two countries. Highlighting the contributions of Pakistani diaspora in the development of the UAE, he stressed more employment opportunities for Pakistani workers.
In his meeting with Imran Khan, the UAE minister discussed ways to further enhance bilateral relations. Several regional and international issues of mutual interest were also discussed. They also deliberated on cooperation in the investment, economic, cultural, developmental and agricultural fields.
“The visit came to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries and underscores the great importance the UAE leadership attaches to the UAE-Pak relations which have witnessed growth and progress in various fields,” according to an official statement from the UAE embassy.
During the meetings with Pakistani leaders, Sheikh Nahayan stressed adopting the values of tolerance, coexistence and pluralism. “UAE has always been a model for its policies towards openness and tolerance established by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” he added.
At the Prime Minister House, the UAE minister planted a Ghaf tree — the tree chosen by the UAE government to represent its dedication to tolerance. The tree holds great significance “as an indigenous tree as a symbol of the stability of the desert and a witness to old customs.”