DUBAI: “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit Dubai to condole with the UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the demise of his son has been highly appreciated by the people and the government of UAE as well as over 1.2 million Pakistanis that live and work in the UAE,” said Javed Malik, Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large & Special Envoy based in Dubai.  

Ambassador Javed Malik said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s presence in the UAE at a time when the sudden demise of Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum had saddened the entire country clearly highlights the warm and cordial relations between both states. He said that the foundations of the deep-rooted, historic and brotherly relations between Pakistan and UAE were laid by UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and our shared faith, identical social values, close geographical proximity and a common heritage have further complimented these relations which have now evolved into a strategic partnership that continues to connect the people of both countries through the generations.

Although it was a short visit, the Prime Minister was warmly received at the royal terminal by UAE ministers and members of the royal family including Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, members of the royal family senior UAE officials. Upon his arrival at the Za’beel Palace, Prime Minister Sharif was welcomed by the Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in presence of the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed, UAE Minister of Interior, Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, and senior royals, ministers and officials of the United Arab Emirates.