UAE visa restrictions temporary, Sheikh Abdullah tells Pakistan foreign minister

Abu Dhabi - Pakistan FM had discussed the visa issue with officials on his UAE visit.

By Wam

Published: Sun 20 Dec 2020, 9:34 AM

Last updated: Sun 20 Dec 2020, 9:38 AM

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has hailed the 1.5-million strong Pakistani community in the UAE. This came as he met Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of Pakistan.

He praised the Pakistani community's "great role and active contribution to the growth and prosperity" of the UAE, state news agency wam reported.

He stressed the "temporary nature" of the recent restrictions imposed on the issuance of visas due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the depth of the bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, and recalled the keenness of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the relations during the early stages of establishment.

The two foreign ministers also discussed challenges and repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic and investment issues of mutual interest, and prospects for further joint cooperation to achieve the aspirations of the two friendly countries and peoples.

Sheikh Abdullah and Shah Mahood also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern and ways to coordinate responses on issues of interest.

"The close relations between the UAE and Pakistan have continued to strengthen over the past decades, and translated into multi-faceted cooperation, which represents a unique case in Arab-Asian relations in the region, as political relations between the UAE and Pakistan are based on a long history of joint action, trust, and respect," said Sheikh Abdullah.

“The mutual interests and visions of the two countries converge on issues of regional and international importance through the principles of tolerance, inclusiveness and an agenda based on development to ensure peace and stability in the region,” he said.

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