As part of his Gulf tour during the weekend, the prime minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif, visited the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Sharif conducted a meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ), during his visit to the United Arab Emirates.
On Saturday, 30 April, he arrived in Abu Dhabi during his maiden visit to the Emirates.
According to the sources, the two leaders met at the Qasr Al Shati Palace. They discussed “Advancing the longstanding relations between the two countries, and the possibilities of propelling cooperation on different fronts and reviewed several regional and global matters of common concern.”
MBZ then wished the new premier success in leading Pakistan towards more success and progress as well as prosperity in the coming period.
Furthermore, the crown prince appreciated the historical relations between the two countries and the priceless contributions made by the Pakistani community in the Emirates.
The prime minister of Pakistan thanked MBZ for the warm welcome and praised the tremendous support provided by the UAE towards his country in the field of development, and stressed his eagerness to strengthen bilateral relations in different fields.
The Pakistani prime minister thanked MBZ for the warm reception, commended the UAE’s “great support” for his country in the development field and stressed his keenness to strengthen bilateral relations in various fields.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan said they would discuss extending the tenure of a $3 billion loan to support the faltering economy of Islamabad.
The recent sign of support following a visit to Saudi Arabia by newly elected Prime Minister Sharif, who has inherited a ruining economy, crippling national debt, increasing inflation and a weak rupee.
A joint statement by them stated the kingdom would continue its support towards the Pakistani economy and discussed “augmenting the $3 billion deposit with the central bank via term extension or otherwise.”