Abu Dhabi Crown Prince departs after one-day visit to Pakistan

Sheikh Muhamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and PM Imran Khan hold one-on-one meeting in Islamabad
This is the third interaction between the leadership of Pakistan and UAE in less than three months…
ISLAMABAD – Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Muhamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Sunday returned to his country after completing a one-day visit ─ his first in nearly 12 years ─ to Pakistan.

During his visit, the crown prince met Prime Minister Imran Khan and held delegation level talks wherein the two sides discussed the strengthening of bilateral ties and cooperation.

As the visit concluded, Minister for Power Omer Ayub khan and senior government officers saw off the crown prince and his delegation at the Noor Khan Airbase.

Before departure, the crown prince was presented a photo album carrying photos depicting his engagements during the visit.

Warm welcome

Earlier in a formal welcome ceremony held at PM House, he was given guard of honour and JF-17 Thunder jets performed flypast.

Sheikh Al Nahyan, who last visited Pakistan in 2007, was given a red carpet welcome and a 21-gun salute when he touched down at airbase around noon today amid much fanfare in the capital.

On his arrival, the prime minister received the dignitary and also drove him from the airbase to PM Office, keeping aside the protocol.

According to Foreign office, this was the third interaction between the leadership of Pakistan and UAE in less than three months, which was a testimony to the special nature of our brotherly relations with this important GCC country.

Both countries last week finalised the terms and conditions of a $6.2bn support package for Islamabad to help address the balance of payments crisis.
UAE is Pakistan’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and a major source of investments. It is home to more than 1.6 million expatriate community which contributes around 4.5 billion dollars annually to the GDP.

Earlier, Pakistan and the UAE had resolved to strengthen bilateral trade and economic ties, besides fostering cooperation to deal with transnational organised crime, including money laundering, drug and human trafficking.